Stay tuned for more information.
Blog Note: This might not make any sense to some of you, but I’m starting a roleplaying adventure using yahoogroups and thought my followers might be interested.
Funnily enough, writing/playing roleplaying games was a great help in learning the craft of writing. The game I’m starting (below) is actually set in the same universe as my novel, The Miranda Contract. There are some cameos going both ways too, which is nice and meta!
I’m hoping to create and record a video post on pbems (play by email games) and how they’ve affected my writing. Technical problems aside, stay tuned.
And now to the actual post about the game:
The 2013 Chronos Awards are currently accepting nominations for the best science fiction and fantasy work by Victorian writers. One of my short stories was short listed in 2011 so I make a point of supporting the process because it was such an awesome feeling for me.
I read LynC’s short story half way through last year and decided that it’s going to be my nomination for Best Short Works. You can read out here:
To nominate a story you need to email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the work you’d like to nominate in the body of the email. You should also include where the story was published, and in this case it was the fantastic Narratorium (www.narratorium.com)
For more information on the Chronos Awards click here.
Maybe in the comments section you could list what your favourite short story was in 2012.
After over a year This Mutant Life is back, and now has a new webpage which you can find here. As the editor, and most likely publisher, I’d like to announce that submissions are now being sought for the 2013 anthology.
I’m looking for stories which have some element of neo-pulp or superhuman influence. You can go wild with the actual genre or style, but there needs to be some link. The title comes from my wish to read stories which tell stories about superheroes and supervillains which explore all aspects of their lives – not just the times when they’re gallivanting around in costume.
It’s a paying market and stories will earn $0.01/word, which means a 2000 word story will be paid $20 for first anthology rights for both an e-book and a print-book. Authors will also receive a copy of the e-book and an equal share in royalties if costs are recovered. Costs will include the initial payment to authors (probably around $500), professional cover and layout ($750) and token editing costs ($50) for a total of $1300. It’s possible that the money will be recouped, but my advice would be to go into the project for the initial payment and an opportunity for further exposure.
Small publishing houses are doing it tough. Pill Hill Press just recently closed, among others, so he idea of publishing for a profit is low on my list of priorities. As always, I see This Mutant Life as a way to promote the writing of authors, and to collect stories I’d like to read.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.