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August 15, 2013

Gauging success as a writer

A few years ago, before I had my first piece of work published, I really didn’t know what I wanted out of writing. Obviously there were the dreams of big time publishing, massive advances, the TV / movie tie-ins, and bestseller lists. At the time though, being honest, I wanted only two things: 1/ to writer something publishable and 2/ to have people like it.

August 2009 was when I got my first publishing credit. The story was a flash fiction piece called ‘Rainbow’ and the magazine was a now defunct indy ‘arts’ ‘zine called ‘Offshoot’. When I got the email confirming that they’d like to publish my piece I realised that I had suddenly fulfilled the first part of my writing dreams: I had been published. The feedback from the editor (lady by the name of Melanie) was great but, even better, was the handful of reviews that the magazine and my story got. I don’t know how many people read the story, in total, but I know that out of those that did I got a handful (5 or 6 as memory recalls) positive reviews from it.

Now, six years later, I have had many pieces of work published – from micro fiction, to flash, to short stories, and even a novella – and am currently working on the manuscript for my first full novel which an agent has asked to read. I’ve met a lot of great, and talented, writers in the years and am now a lot more grounded in my expectations in terms of the rewards. Do I still hope for the big things – best-selling book, TV/movie deal, money, etc? Of course I do and I am working hard towards them.

End of the day, though, I realise that I am very happy with my first two goals: writing good stuff and people enjoying them.

That is how I gauge my success as a writer.

If I wanted to earn money fast I would do what a couple of friends of mine do and buy/sell on Ebay, or play poker online. Both of these seem to make more money than I do – being honest even my aunt has more success playing Bingo at bingogodz.com than I do; I’m pretty sure that she’s earned more money there than I have with writing all year :)

Like I said, though, it doesn’t matter. I will keep on writing. I will check places like Duotrope regularly to see what markets suit my writing, and I will be thankful for the fact that I have publishers like Fox Spirit Books who like my work enough to include it within their excellent anthologies.

So, I’ll keep writing if you guys keep reading …and that would be my advice to all of you out there!

Editions

October 30, 2011

October 2011 edition

October 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Feeding the Imagination’ ~ by Rachael H Dixon

‘Of Agrarian Advice’ ~ by Charles Grabuski

‘The Pumpkin Man’ ~ by Ben Markley

‘Nothing But Dark’ ~ by Gary Buettner

Submissions for the November 2011 edition will open on the 1st November and will close on 25th November 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the October edition and find out more about November’s.

Editions

September 29, 2011

September 2011 edition

September 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Pennies’ ~ by Harmony Hodges

‘Exactly the Same’ ~ by Ella Kennen

‘Salt’ ~ by Holly Schwartz-Coignat

‘Times of Change’ ~ by Meghan Feldman

Submissions for the October 2011 edition will open on the 1st October and will close on 25th October 2011.  The October edition will be a Halloween themed edition with artwork supplied by the ever-talented Chris Howard (author of Seaborn, from Juno Books and the SaltwaterWitch graphic novel) – this edition will have a prize for one of the accepted submissions.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the September edition and find out more about October’s.

Editions

September 1, 2011

August 2011 edition

August 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘The Price’ ~ by Stephanie Bagnall

‘Wishing It Was You’ ~ by Claire Hay

‘Apparitions’ ~ by Antoinette McCormick

‘The Vessel’ ~ by Elaine Bentley

Submissions for the September 2011 edition will open on the 1st September and will close on 25th September 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the August edition and find out more about September’s.

Editions

July 28, 2011

July 2011 edition

July 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Flyaway’ ~ by Salena Casha

‘Devalidated’ ~ by Katherine McIntyre

‘Ink Blood Milk’ ~ by Jay Pee Yu

‘Cloud Gazing’ ~ by Jayne Thickett

Submissions for the August 2011 edition will open on the 1st August and will close on 25th August 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the July edition and find out more about August’s.

Editions

June 27, 2011

June 2011 edition

June 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Crossroads’ ~ by Harmony Hodges

‘Shades of Evanescence’ ~ by Michaela Tashjian

‘The Eye of the Hurricane’ ~ by David Scheler

‘See the Burning Sea’ ~ by Anastassia Bougakova

Submissions for the June 2011 edition will open on the 1st July and will close on 25th July 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the June edition and find out more about July’s.

Editions

May 29, 2011

May 2011 edition

May 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Two Souls Entwined’ ~ by Alexis Hunter

‘Clean Burn’ ~ by Michelle Namovice

‘Paradox’ ~ by Sen Lin

‘Fire Demon’ ~ by Sarena Ulibarri

Submissions for the June 2011 edition will open on the 1st June and will close on 25th June 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the May edition and find out more about June’s.

Editions

April 28, 2011

April 2011 edition

April 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Doing It In The First Place’ ~ by Christopher James

‘Avathiel’ ~ by Paul Magnan

‘The Final Time’ ~ by Stan Crown

‘Small Truth’ ~ by Timothy Miller

Submissions for the May 2011 edition will open on the 1st May and will close on 25th May 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the April edition and find out more about May’s.

Editions

March 28, 2011

March 2011′s edition

March 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Smoke’ ~ by Harmony Hodges

‘Manolo, He Loves Fires’ ~ by Constance Chan

‘The One Who got Away’ ~ by Meghan Feldman

‘Enveloped in Haze’ ~ by Sharayah Hooper

Submissions for the April 2011 edition will open on the 1st April and will close on 25th April 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the March edition and find out more about April’s.

Editions

February 27, 2011

February 2011′s edition

February 2011’s edition of With Painted Words is now available. This edition features the following:

‘Internal Killer’ ~ by Veronique Medrano

‘Lunch Sacks and Tombstones’ ~ by C. Martinez

‘FadeTo Black’ ~ by Brit Jacob

‘Wild Pare’ ~ by Nick Hale

‘DEAR LOVE’ ~ by David Harry Moss

Submissions for the March 2011 edition will open on the 1st March and will close on 25th March 2011.

Please check out http://www.withpaintedwords.com to read the February edition and find out more about March’s.