Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My meteoric rise to fame as a writer is behind schedule

I was about to say I hope 2013 doesn't suck as bad as 2012.   After more thought, maybe I should say I'm hoping for better things in 2013.  Let me explain.

Let's just say my meteoric rise to fame and fortune as a writer is not going as fast as I had hoped.  I have written a novel, but the main character's voice in my novel Bear Dreamer was not a strong one.  The novel would probably never be accepted for publication anywhere in its current condition.  To this point, my greatest accomplishment  is getting three shorts accepted for publication in the period between January 2011 and May 2012.  One of them sold for $20 and the other sold for $10.  The third is supposed to sell for $40 but it hasn't appeared in one of their publications yet.  So much for riches and success.

There is reason for optimism, however.  The most recent draft of Bear Dreamer has character voices that are actually interesting to follow.  It's in what I hope to be the final draft, then it's time to consider publishing options.  My flash fiction piece was almost accepted by a 5c per word publication.  My short story The Last Hour on Earth has been shortlisted by a semi pro publication and then shortlisted even further.  I'm persistently following up on the short story that hasn't appeared in publication yet.

Maybe this year will see more success than last year.  Then again, maybe I'll just end up with a taller stack of rejection notices.  We'll see.

-Chuck Robertson