Sold to Strange Horizons!

I signed the contract this morning, so I presume it’s safe to say that I sold my work to Strange Horizons,named number four on the top ten SF/F magazines around. It’s huge for me, because I’ve been trying to break into this market ever since I started writing short stories back in late 2013.

Is this a story, may you ask? Well, no, it is not. It’s actually a review of the Australia film Predestination. But a publication is a publication, and I’ve officially added Strange Horizons to that list, which is HUGE for me. Really, really huge.

What’s my thoughts on the film? You’ll have to wait and see. The review should be online sometime next week. Make sure to check it out!

New Publication: Grimdark Magazine Issue #2

Issue 2 of Grimdark Magazine was released earlier this month, and I’m super excited. Why? Because I have a publication in it.

This isn’t just any other venue. This a professional venue, one that’s on the standards of the SFWAs. They’ve published incredible authors such as Mark Lawrence, Adrian Tchaikovsky, but in Issue #2 of the magazine they’ve published R. Scott Bakker, Kameron Hurley, Richard K. Morgan, and more. And guess what?

I’m published there too!

Goodreads*sniffles*

I honestly can’t say how stoked I am to have my name alongside theirs. I’ve been a fan of R. Scott Bakker for a while now (reading about the controversy is books have stirred is amusing), Kameron Hurley is a Hugo award winner of incredible work that’s also been “slammed” by a someone we shall call Requires Attention. (That’s all I’ll say. Google is your friend – or in this case, your enemy), and I’m a huge follower of Richard K. Morgan and his work. He’s actually worked on the videogames Crysis 2 and Syndicate. He’s written work that’s considered to be a classic in science-fiction and fantasy. In fact, his novel, Altered Carbon, is getting turned into a film by James McTeigue, the director of V for Vendetta.

And I’m published alongside them. In a professional SF/F magazine dedicated to grimdark.

Even now I’m still busy wrapping my brain around it. Sitting in a boiling hot room, pounding away a cheap keyboard in the summer holidays, I never dreamed I’d be up to this point. And I am.

But I’m just getting started.

You can pick up the issue of the magazine here, on the home website. It’s also on Amazon, smashwords, etc, so pick where you’d like, but remember that this is a new publication that’s going pro straight out of the bat. Do what you can to support them, so grabbing it from the home website would be much better for ’em.

Also, if you could nab along to Goodreads, give it the appropriate rating, and add it to your list, that would be swell, too.

Thanks for reading, folks!

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2014: A summary

Well, this might be a tad late, but it’s better late than never, eh? You might think that being on holiday gives you more time, but in reality it just frees up the time to do things you’ve been putting off.

Anyway, I’m doing it now. And 2014 was a HUGE year for me. It’s the year I became a published author and sold my first short story to a paying market. I did a lot of things, but it’s best summarized. I managed to do a ton of writing, selling over fifteen short stories, seven reviews, three audio podcasts, four interviews, and was nominated for two awards. I produced two short films and watched over 200 feature length ones. I read 50+ books and wrote one of my own. I’ve had my work stolen and translated into Korean behind my back. Yes, that actually did happen.
I started editing a Hugo award winning podcast and subsequently had the privilege of meeting and working with some of my favourite (not to mention biggest!) all time authors such as Peter Watts, Robin Hobb and Allen Steele. I’ve watched too many HBO shows and drunk too many bottles of beer. I’ve met some incredible people and made friends that’ll (hopefully) last a lifetime. I’ve grown as a person and writer (hopefully for the better!) and I want to thank you all for everything, especially for putting up with me and tirelessly reading my work when it’s been shoved in your faces. So a especially big thank you to all my editors who’ve taken the time to pick up a new writer from the slush when they could have gone for thousands of others.
Being a published author at just 18 years old (I’m 19 now, but I was 18 when I sold my first one) is never easy, nor is it common. The key to getting published isn’t some sort of secret code or manipulation. It’s white paper, black ink, persistence, and a will of steel. I’ve gotten a mountain of rejections and no doubt will continue to receive them. But that one acceptance letter makes all the difference in the world, and that’s all you need. So keep trying, and don’t ever give up.

I hope everyone has a marvelous 2015, one that involves many books being written, sold and read to hungry readers all over the globe. Support your industry, yeah?

– Jeremy

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