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New Flash Story out on Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Friday!

Dec
02

A supernatural horror story that I have been trying to place for quite a while now finally found a home. It was just released on Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Friday.

I will have to warn you though, it is a bit more depressing than my usual heroic stuff. I would probably classify it as supernatural-horror-tragedy.

If you feel up to it, drop on over and give it a read! You can read the story HERE.

~J.M.

13 Responses to New Flash Story out on Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Friday!

  1. Congratulations on another publication! I am really impressed with how many stories you manage to get published. I had the goal of doing that myself, but I’ll admit that I’ve been going about it rather haphazardly, and not keeping up on sending stories out again once they’re rejected, and thus not getting great results. But then, it seems like you must start off with many, many more stories than I have. I’d love to hear more about your strategy for submitting stories, how you choose where to send them versus writing for a particular theme or prompt, and what you’ve learned about what works best. Have you already written a post about that and I missed it?

    • J.M. Williams

      To put things in perspective, I’ve recieved more than 150 rejections to compare with my 30-odd acceptances. I did start out with a lof of stories. Last year I took time off full-time work to write my first novel (still unpublished) and while ai was doing that or waiting for editor comments, I wrote I whole lot of short fiction. I got started on short stories as a kid, I studies short story writing in college. The short form is much more familiar to me than novels or even novellas. But after a few month of crazy writing, I started to lose steam. These days I might write two or three new stories in a month, and they are usually flash. But ideas keep swarming in. It seems the less time I have to write, the more ideas I get. I typically write whatever story comes to mind rather than writing for a specific pub or prompt. You can always find a fit for your work somewhere, but if you write for a specific prompt and miss, it feels very awkward. The other thing I learned is if you want to have your stories published, best not to put them on your blog. Most places that pay don’t take reprints, and most count blog postings as reprints. So I don’t post many stories here anymore, but rather link to external publications. Speaking of pay, I still haven’t gotten a pro-rated publication. The best I have done so far will probably amount to $50US for a long short story. I would guess half of my publications didn’t pay at all. In general, its seems paying gigs and pay rates are decreasing. But if I had any advice, it would be not to shy away from non-paying publishers. They do help to build your reputation. Usually when I write a new story I think is good, I send it to the highest paying places first and work my way down. Once I’ve been rejected at a lot of those, I will start sending off to no pay publishers. I don’t spend a lot of time looking over the publisher’s library, if they publish speculative fiction, I send them my stories. The time I save that way I use to send out more submissions . In the end, my limited success seems to be based on volume–more than 50 short or flash stories submitted more than 200 times to a very wide range of publishers. I guess it was inevitable for some to get picked up–though I do think I am a decent writer too! 😀

      • Thanks for the further clarification. Having the time and focus to push out that much volume is important, that makes perfect sense. Wow, I would love to take time off work to just write. In fact, I just did for NaNo. It was only six extra days off, plus Thanksgiving break, but it was wonderful to have so much time to write.

        And yes, I caught on early about how most publishers won’t accept something if it’s been posted on my blog. That’s one of the reasons I’m posting less on my blog these days, sad to say.

        I don’t hear you talking about revisions or getting feedback, though. Taking the stories to critique groups slows down the process, but it’s also made a huge difference in my learning curve over the past few years.

        • J.M. Williams

          When I started last year, I didn’t really have anyone to beta read my work. Now I know few people, but not enough for all the stories. Some stories I send off without a beta read. As for doing revisions on my own, I almost always scrub a story at least once when it comes back rejected, before sending it somewhere else. I do wish I had a larger group of beta readers.

          • Have you tried Critters Workshop?

          • J.M. Williams

            I have it bookmarked but havent tried. Have you?

          • Yes, quite a lot. It’s a good system. You sign up and then do critiques of others’ stories or chapters, to get your “Critters ratio” up to the minimum level. Then you submit your own story, it goes in the queue, and anyone who wants to can critique it to get points for themselves. I’d say it works best for people like yourself who have a lot of stories to request feedback on. Otherwise you end up doing a lot more critiques than you receive. The minimum ratio is 75% – you do three critiques a month. I get about 6-12 critiques every time I submit something. I recently did a beta read of a 140K-word novel through Critters, so my ratio is sky-high right now.

          • J.M. Williams

            That sounds great.

  2. This was a great story man, always enjoy your writing. Well done on these achievements.

    • J.M. Williams

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. You’re not too shabby yourself 😉 Any plans to try to publish some stories?

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