PSWG Winner – Flash Fiction

PSWG Contest Winner for Get Out 020318

 

My entry “Get Out” won the Palm Springs Writers Guild contest for flash fiction. A reading was performed at the Rancho Mirage Library and the award was announced at the general meeting on February 3, 2018. I am humbled and wish to express my thanks to the membership and to the judges.

Thank you.

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Virtual Fantasy Con 2015

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Be sure to visit my booth at the Virtual Fantasy Con 2015 on:

Dark Tuesday – November 3, 2015

Epic Wednesday – November 4, 2015

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Who’s Your Friend?

Robots Montage

Your spaceship has crashed on an uncharted world. Civilization is nowhere in sight, and you are alone in the alien wilds. The atmosphere is breathable, and there is drinkable water. Scanners indicate that the planet hosts a wide variety of unidentified plants and animals (some most likely to be dangerous), and there may be one or more societies at various stages of technological development, from primitive to advanced. How friendly or hostile they might be remains unknown.

Out of the collection of fully functional robots currently in stasis in your hold, you have enough time to retrieve and power up one to serve as your companion before your ship explodes. Every replica has been produced to look and act exactly like a robot or android taken from the history of film and television. Each model possesses the knowledge and abilities of its original.

So, Captain Crusoe, which robot do you choose? And why?

*Bonus Questions: Which robot would you least wish to take with you, and why?

[Do not feel limited by the selections shown.]

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Get Ready … It’s Coming

Man Flying with Computer

I’ve been kept busy soliciting and going through bids for the production edit phase for my novel The Wizard Ignites. I have identified the editor I want to work with for the copy and line edits. Developmental/Content is done. Now, I just have to raise the funds to get the edits done.

I still have to go through the bidding process to identify and pre-screen a set of 3 to 5 proofreaders from whom to choose to do the final cleanup. I’ll want to include the proofreader’s cost in the first crowdfunding campaign.

If we exceed target for that campaign, I may set stretch goals before the campaign ends in oreder to raise the actual publication costs (cover design, layout, ISBN, LCCN, SAN, PQN HC edition printing, shipping and review costs, POD setup, and eBook).

For now, the plan is to do two crowdfunding campaigns (first for edit, and then a second in the first quarter of next year for publication).

The fact is that the economy has affected everyone, including publishing houses. A first novel at 191,000 words is just too high a “risk” for today’s traditional publishers. Even for epic fantasy novels, they want to cap at 120,000 words. Established authors with a marketable name might be “allowed” to publish their longer works through a traditional publishing house, but the “unknown” author is precluded.

This means that a debut author who has written a longer novel must self-publish if their manuscript is ever to see the light of day.

In the current environment, long, debut novels such as the following would not likely have been published (or even have been read for consideration):

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (274,000 words)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (184,000 words),
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (174,000 words),
V by Thomas Pynchon (240,000 words),
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (197,000 words),
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (165,000 words),
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (177,000 words),
Adam Bede by George Eliot (216,000 words), and
Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (418,000 words).

That list isn’t even comprehensive. Great works and great authors all. And we might never know them if they wrote today.

If today’s author is not in the financial position to front the costs to publish a longer work, then an old model of support for the artist must be employed: patronage. We must find our own “Medici” or group of “Medici’s” to support the costs in getting our work to press and available to the public and help us launch our careers.

I lost everything in 2009. I lost my job, my home, my savings, and my income. At 56 years old, I survive on food stamps and the kindness of my family. I’m not asking for any sympathy. This is simply full disclosure as to why I can’t fund this project myself.

But the good news is I am moving forward.

I hope and plan to get the crowdfunding campaign for the edits launched mid- to late-August.

Please spread the word and stay tuned.

All the Best,

Your Wizard Marc

REMEMBER

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For all who served our great nation in the cause of liberty, for all who sacrificed themselves in the name of free speech and and to protect our right to be who and what we are without fear or persecution, and to those who loved and lost our brave soldiers of every creed, color, sexuality, and gender:

In the name of humanity, thank you.

Worthy to Remember

Snoopy The Writing Life

The following are some of my favorite quotes from authors about writing:

         “All the best cutting is done when one is sick of writing.”
                                                                      ~ John Fowles ~

         “The first draft of anything is shit.”
                                                                      ~ Ernest Hemingway ~

         “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
                                                                      ~ Thomas Mann ~

         “A fish out of water is a dead fish, and a genius kept from his art is often a simpleton.”
                                                                      ~ Lajos Egri ~

These are posted on the wall behind my desk. It helps me to know that I’m not alone–and not the first to come to these same conclusions.

Have you got a favorite quote about writing? Please share.

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Gathering of Wizards

Castle at Sunrise

Our Wizard’s Workshop is now over 130 apprentices strong. Candidates from 72 different countries have passed through our doors.

Thank you to all who follow me on this path of magic and to all who participate and to all who share.

This week, I am preparing submission of The Wizard Ignites to DAW. No response as yet from Tor. Roughly 90 agents have been queried, with response to date from only 29 — all form rejections.  (Don’t despair. This is the typical onset toward publication. A huge body of very successful and even classic novels went through years of rejection and piles of denial before ever making it to press.)

Waiting on no one, I am preparing a budget for self-publication. I’ll be launching two separate crowdfunding campaigns. The first will be to raise funds for developmental edit, copy edit, and proofreading.  The second will be for design and layout, printing, and marketing. I am planning on digital editions plus a limited first edition hard copy to begin. The hard copy will most probably be Print-On-Demand to save me on warehousing.

Personal recommendations for editors with solid backgrounds and love and respect for the fantasy genre are appreciated.

I have to nail down quotes within the next few months and come to decision before I can setup the crowdfunding and launch. Once the developmental edit phase is complete, I’ll be vetting designers and getting quotes for the second crowdfunding campaign.

Meanwhile, I am also finishing up a period fantasy short story (set during the civil war and involving a grieving witch, a homicidal ghost, a confederate soldier weary of war, and the corpse of a satyr).  The working title is “Hecate’s Faun”. I’ll be submitting that first as a Kindle Short. I’m curious to see how that program works.

On a personal note, I had a root canal two days ago, and the dentist had to drill into my skull as far as up and behind my nose. I’m still recouping from that mugging, but I am otherwise enjoying relief after months of agony.  Back to the dentist again in a few weeks to hopefully resolve any complications.

Onward!

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