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I seem to have a bad habit of making decisions while writing, and then almost immediately walking them back after I see them typed out. So a little while ago, I was like, "I'm not going to bother trying to write for real publication, I'm just going to toddle stuff out and put it on Amazon for other nerds." But then I thought I might look at what the short story market looks like these days, and anyway ... as I wrote on the last page of the journal I just finished, When one part of life holds out on you and refuses to return your emails, turn back to something else you love. I've already sent out a piece of flash fiction and am working on a contemporary fantasy short story.

And then there was a ridic conversation on [personal profile] sarahbellem's FB with a costume designer that reminded me, hey, I was going to write a guide once upon a time that didn't just explain the history of fashion but was specifically addressed to people making or writing about clothing so they can avoid pitfalls. And so now I'm working on a proposal for that. I'm kind of terrified that the failure of RWD will make it impossible for me to publish ever again, but this is a totally different thing with way more market potential.

Still haven't heard back from the MFA, but Bunka Gakuen did get back to me and say that they'd be able to give me a volume discount to cut the image use fee from $44/image to $9/image, which is phenomenal. So whatever happens with any of the many things I'm keeping in the air, I at least have confidence that this one project will be realized.

Original post: http://chocolatepot.dreamwidth.org/938115.html - comment wherever you please.



Feb. 12th, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)
Good for you: keep writing! That is, btw, how I got to be a journalist - just persistently sending things out :)
And the image fee discount sounds excellent. I haven't got it to hand right now, but there's a book called "Running Lean", I forget the author, which has an excellent appendix on how to market a self-published book /while/ you are writing it, so that it's printed for a waiting audience. If you're interested, I 'spect I could commit a little copyright fraud and scan you the pages? ;D
Feb. 14th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I would love to read that.
Feb. 22nd, 2017 02:00 am (UTC)
See latest LJ post ... hope it helps :)

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