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Story for Critique: I Married a Leech Man!

Title: I Married a Leech Man!
Word Count: 8,500 words
Genre: Supernatural? Urban Fantasy? Not quite horror? I dunno. Think old-B horror movies.
Summary: Two years ago Carol's truck driving husband ran off with a one of the strippers on his beer delivery route. But now he's back, claiming that the government is after him, and transformed in a way that even someone used to the strange happenings in their sleepy town finds mighty weird.

Author's notes: I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to self publish this one, since I can't find homes for first two stories in this series (Attack of the Crawling Hand and Invasion of the Slime People), so there's no particular rush to get a critique. I'm not quite sure this story works, something seems a bit off to me, but then I'm sort of burned out looking at it. Still, any and all comments are welcome, as I'd like to make this as polished as possible even if like five people on the internet are going to read it lol.

A copy is in the community dropbox since it's kinda long to post here. But if someone wants to take a look who doesn't have access to the drop box or just doesn't like using it, let me know.

Neat Science Fiction Resource

Hey all!


So for those of us who want to see what magazines are publishing (but don't want to pay for issues) or who just like speculative fiction in general, Stupefying Stories just released a free anthology of stories eligible for the John W. Campbell Award.  (For those who are curious, this award recognizes the best short story or novel published by a "new" writer.  New meaning that this is their first more than token paying short story or novel published over the last two year period.)


It's a pretty awesome collection of stories that I'd definitely recommend to any science fiction or fantasy writers who are curious about what new writers are publishing right this minute.

(Also, if you're a World Con member, feel free to nominate one of these for the award.)

Can you Manufacture a Bestseller?

A while back, The Wall Street Journal ran an article on the Night Circus, a novel with elements of Twilight and Harry Potter that was given a phenomenal marketing budget, with the hopes of turning it into a best seller.

A year later, figures were in. The hardcover sold an impressive 167K copies, the paperback 210K copies. There was some talk about a movie, but not enough details to convince me that it will ever materialize?

So now onto the question...

Considering how much was spent to promote this book, do you think the publishers made back their initial investment? Do you think this is something publishers are likely to try again? Can you create a best-seller?

What Gets Your Story Accepted?

I recently discussed how hard it is to choose stories out of a slush pile, thanks to the huge number of pretty decent stuff out there. This made me wonder, "What makes me pass along some decently written stories - but not others?"  To try and solve this mystery, I went through a bunch of the stories I accepted, trying to find common patterns. Here’s the best insight I can come up with:

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Any other ideas/theories based on what you've seen published?

Woah, Is This Even Legal?

Could someone who knows more about the law than I do (pretty much anyone) chime in on this?

Supposedly Amazon.com is about to start re-selling eBook licences. Like, I guess the way it works is if you're tired of an eBook, you sell it back to Amazon, it vanishes from your files, and appears in someone else's. The reader profits, I guess, via a cheaper licence. Amazon gets their cut. However, the writer and publishers get nothing. (Which is what they'd get in the case of a used book, but isn't it somewhat different with licences?)

I can't imagine that Amazon is launching this without having examined the law. But still...is it legal? If so, does the law need to be changed?

Publishing Stats

Since I like math, and was sort of thinking about the whole “women in science fiction” thing, I decided to compile stats of submissions I’ve received from men vs. women.

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10 Cover Letters and My Thoughts on Them

Because I am feeling sarcastic after the last round.

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Yeah, this Query Sucks...

But I'm curious as to whether any of you have any insight at all. So, go, go, go for it!

Query:

King Bryant is such a kind and magnanimous ruler that he completely fails to notice the Machievellian politics at his court. Instead he intends to use his magnificent heroism to defeat evil monsters and save beautiful maidens. In pursuit of this goal, Bryant embarks upon a quest to slay a monster impressive enough to win him the Lady Maura's hand in marriage. Neither Maura's disapproval of his plan nor the fact that monsters don't actually exist does anything to dissuade him.

While Bryant searches for monsters to slay and maidens to save (the second of which are bound to thank him gratefully), Maura battles important nobles in her quest to become the Reigning Queen of Therada. But as her control slips, she turns to more desperate means, until Therada needs Bryant's return to give the kingdom a happy ending – or at least to avoid falling into complete chaos.

“The Gloryus Adventures of King Bryant, Sekrit Genius!” is a satirical work of fantasy and is previously unpublished. It is approximately 60,000 words long. If I were trying to compare it to other existing works, it would be like some unholy combination of “A Song of Fire and Ice”, “Don Quixote”, and “Fifty Shakes of Grey”.


Really, any feedback you can give me at all is appreciated.  I've had a few other attempts, but they've sucked. So...IDK.  Satire is freaking hard to query. (And to write, but that's another matter all together.)

The Depressing Statistics of Publishing

In my last round of Allegory submissions, I forwarded 0 to the head editor.  Most likely, out of the round currently waiting in my inbox, I will submit 0-2.  Out of all the people who forward stories to the head editor, he picks 3-6 (out of 30-60 that make it to the final round, according to my estimates).  Acceptances are approximately 1-2%. This is for a publication that pays $15/story and does not contribute to SFWA membership.

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tl;dr but...the moral of this is, it's hard to publish. Even if you write a good story, there are a lot of good stories out there.  Very few great ones, but writing "great" is an entirely different thing than writing "good".