Status Update #2: Always Wear the Suit

Scott SummersStatus Updates

Scoreboard Publication:
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Flash Fiction

Whew. Last week was a bit of a rush on a personal level, especially over the weekend. From a writing perspective, I’m happy to announce the publication of “The Suit” over on Literally Stories. I’ll also post a link to the “Stories” thread so that it’s more readily available.

I’ve also got a few new pieces in the works that probably won’t be ready for publication for another week or so, and I’ll be starting on the final(!) revision of my novel, Second Genesis, this week. More to come on that.

My current goal is to try and rack up pieces on my scoreboard. Flash fiction is more appealing to write because it’s faster, and I’m more interested in tallies on the board rather than long-form publication. Plus, it takes (much) longer to hear back from short story submissions because they take longer to read. I have several submissions awaiting response, and I’ll be waiting for a while.

That’s okay, though. I’m still plugging away at short fiction and will continue to do so. Bringing the final revision of my novel back onto the table, I’ll be writing short fiction for a segment of my time and dedicating the rest to revising and getting everything reading.

Truth be told, it’s a little bit terrifying.

As I see it now, my journey consists of the following:

  • Finish the final draft.
  • Find a few “fresh eyes” beta readers.
  • Hire and editor to help with final corrections.
  • Find an artist for the cover.
  • Figure out publication and deployment strategies.
  • Publish the book.
  • Publicize the hell out of it.

Seems easy enough, right? I think I’d rather do that than seek traditional publication. I’ve always had some extreme hesitation about going down that road because even though the mechanism is in place for this sort of thing, the industry seems like its always on the outs. Would I like to see my stuff in bookstores around the world?

Sure.

But it’s not required. I’d just like people to enjoy my stories, and if they can do that through Amazon or online, I feel like the world is headed that way, anyway.