Aurora voting closes soon! Get your ebook copy of my story

The voting for the 2013 Aurora Awards closes September 13, so this is a good time to remind you all that my short story "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" is on the final ballot. Your support by way of a vote for "The Walker..." would be truly appreciated.  If you nominated anything for the Auroras this year, then voting is free for you.

You can download a copy from my online bookstore in any of .mobi (Kindle), .epub (every other ebook reader), or PDF formats.

"A very different sort of tale. ... A cosmic story of gods which seems to be inspired by the works of Michael Moorcock, and I think he would not be ashamed of it."  —SF Crowsnest Reviews

 

"A tale of epic love when a mortal gets caught between a battle of the gods. Smith reminds us that we have the potential to change the world around us and that self-sacrifice can be a means of making the world around us better." —Speculating Canada

How to Vote

To vote, go to the Aurora site at http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/Membership/index.php.

If you've registered in the past to nominate or vote for the Auroras, you can simply sign in with your email address and your 4-digit society number. If you've forgotten your society number, just click on "Forgot your Society Number?" link and follow the instructions. 

The Auroras now require a registration fee of $10 each year, which allows you to both nominate and to vote for the stories that make the final ballot.

If you nominated something this year, then you've already paid the 2013 $10 fee, so voting is free. 

If you've never registered before, click on "Register" under "Become a Society Member," and complete the registration form. Once you've registered or logged in, click on the "Pay Now" button and you'll be taken to a PayPal screen. You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay this way! Just click on "Don't have a PayPal account?" and you'll have the option of paying by any form of debit or credit card. Still with me? Once you've paid, you'll be taken back to the Aurora Award site.

Once you're registered and paid, you can click on the "Vote Now" button to access the online ballot, or click on "Mail-in ballot form" if for some reason you want to go snail mail. "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" is listed under "Best Short Form -- English." The ballot pages contain instructions for how to vote, but basically you put "1" for your top choice in a category, "2" for your second, etc.. You don't need to vote in all categories, and you don't need to vote for multiple entries in a category.

Note that this year, the Aurora committee is providing a "voter's package" containing the majority of the nominated fiction works in a variety of downloadable formats. You'll be able to access the voter's package once you reach the ballot page.

Any Canadian citizen (not necessarily living in Canada) or permanent resident may vote for the Auroras. The voting period closes Friday, September 13, 2013.

Thanks again for any consideration!

Chimerascope ebook on sale again this weekend only

If you're a Kobo user (or use any ereader that takes epub files), my collection Chimerascope is on sale this weekend only for 30% off in the Kobo store. Chimerascope was a finalist for the Sunburst, Aurora, and CBC Bookies awards. Just use the code "Get30now" at checkout. The sale will only be promoted to Kobo readers in the UK and Australia, but the discount code will work for anyone no matter where you are in the world. One use per customer. Sale ends at midnight Aug 27 EDT. Enjoy!

Where Do We Go From Here?: Career progression (continued)

Amazing Stories logoThe next post in my continuing "Playing the Short Game" series marketing and selling short fiction at the Amazing Stories site is now up. This week, in part 29, I look at some of the paths a writer might choose for their short fiction career (or paths that your career might pick all by itself). And special bonus points for anyone who leaves a comment correctly identifying the inspiration for the title of this week’s post. You can check out the earlier posts in the series at this link on the Amazing Stories site.

Playing the Short Game: Parts 24-28 are now up

I'm a tad behind posting updates about the blog series that I'm writing at Amazing Stories on how to market and sell your short fiction--and more. I'm now dealing with a another set of topics on what can happen (and what you can make happen) after you've started to sell your stories.  Here's an update on the latest posts over the recent weeks:

  • Part 24 – Let the Band Ring Out and the Banners Fly: To promote or not to promote
  • Part 25 – A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling your stories again (and again, and again…)
  • Part 26 – Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights
  • Part 27 – Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights (conclusion)
  • Part 28 – Cool Stuff That Might Happen (or Not): Awards, Best of Anthologies, Movies

Check them out and please feel free to leave comments or questions.

Updates to the FML

I've just posted an update to the Foreign Market List. Science Fiction Magazine in Denmark no longer accepts submissions in English (or any language other than Danish), citing difficulties in working with freelance translators.

They said WHAT!?: Dealing with reviews

Part 23 of my series on selling short fiction is up now at Amazing Stories. Well, actually it's been up since Saturday, but I'm a tad late in posting about it here.  This week, I deal with a good news / bad news aspect of publishing your first story…the ever anticipated, ever dreaded reviews. I cover what reviews really are, a safe way for beginners to deal with reviews of their first published story, how to do pull quotes, and why writers should never be reviewers. Check it out!

30% off from Kobo this weekend on my collections

Kobo has my two collections, IMPOSSIBILIA and CHIMERASCOPE, for 30% off this weekend. Use the coupon code SUMMER30. Here are the links to the two books if you're interested:

Chimerascope

Impossibilia

Enjoy!

Stephen Fry on grammar pedantry

This response by Stephen Fry to grammar police is wonderfully entertaining to listen to (and to watch for the animation), but more importantly, the message is one that all writers need to hear. Language is a living creature--it evolves, it grows, it changes, and we as writers, and especially fiction writers, should be the catalyst, the impetus, the drivers for that change.

But, but, but...you bought my last story: What your 1st sale really means

Part 22 of my continuing series on selling short fiction is up now at Amazing Stories. This week I talk about what to expect after you've finally made your first sale. Much to the surprise of many new writers, your first sale doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to sell the next story to the next market where you submit. It doesn’t even guarantee that the market that just published your first sale will buy the next story that you send them. Or any story you ever send them again. Read more about what your first sale really means here.

I Love Your Story. Now Change It: Working with an Editor

Part 21 in my ongoing series on marketing and selling short fiction just went up on the Amazing Stories site. This week's post completes the two-part discussion I began in Part 20 of working with an editor on getting your story ready for publication. In Part 20, I talk about why having an editor to work with is a good thing and discuss the different types of edits a story can receive. This week, in part 21, I finish off the editing topic with some tips on handling the editing process, and on deciding when to agree to suggested changes and when to politely say no. I also deal with the special situation of editing suggestions for a previously published story that’s about to be reprinted. Feel free to leave questions and comments at the Amazing Stories site. A complete list of my posts in this series is available here. Next week, I’ll talk about what to expect the next time you submit a story to a market that has just published you.

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