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Becoming a Pro Sci-Fi Writer
Only about any writer who has made a sell or two tells you that there is no magical recipe to making this first sell. Some things will help you to increase your opportunities (e.g. the capacity to read a great deal within your discipline, to tell a story, to follow the principles of submission).
Some things will stop you from sell a tale (e.g. never finish a tale, never submit a story). Dispatched for fictitious directives (snail post - those were the early stages before the start of the Internet). Started to write some tales - absolute horrible, clichéd, horrible tales that still torture me today. We' re talkin' about puns.
Tales without characterisation. Tales that are excessively silly, tuneful, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. However, these tales had to be told if I wanted to know something about how to write. Started to submit these tales, often for small media outlets that did not existed at the moment the scripts arrived there.
Started to read feature films, with particular emphasis on the histories of the science-friction age, which was a relatively new periodical at the age. Written a tale that eventually generated good news (e.g. something other than a serial letter) from the likes of Kristine Kathryn Rusch (then with F&SF) and Algis Budrys (then with Tomorrow).
I needed 19 entries to get to that point. I' ve noticed a slight shift in my story-- Post about 20 tales over the next 6 years and add another 40 or so entries and disagree. Started reading the classic sci-fi films I'd been missing, largely led by David G. Hartwell's Ages of Wonder.
Let it rest for a while in written form. However, the wish stayed and I began to write again. He' still a slower producers, one or two new tales a year. However, these tales began to appear like the tales I saw in the magazine. sent a message, "When I Pissed the Learned Astronomer" to the InterGalactic Medicine Show (IGMS).
Continue submission of submissions and receive proof of refusal. I started to get in touch (mostly via my blog) with other authors who are already in SF. I got a message from IGMS that they wanted to reprint my history and worked through the changes at the publisher's bid. I was at my first sci-fi conference.
He met Robert J. Sawyer personally and was regarded by everyone as a "real" writer. Finally, he was asked to dine with Rob Sawyer and other authors, among them Edmund and David B. Coe. This was the culmination of my previous work. Contacts with other authors turned out to be crucial, as it was another writer, Michael A. Burstein, who first brought me into direct communication with Rob Sawyer.
Being a former IGMS employee, I was able to directly mail my story to the editors and prevent the mud heap. Continue writing, submitting and receiving denials, also from IGMS. I started to attend more sci-fi congresses to deepen my ties and make new ones. Participation in an 8-week on-line seminar by James Gunn.
Start of volunteering for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; further contact. I wrote as much as I could by June. The letter falls by the wayside for a few inches. I' m still submitting tales. Successful completion of NaNoWriMo, letter of more than 60,000 words of a novel in 30 acres.
Told me I could spell 2,000 words a word every single working day. Mmm. For the first case a history of mine was printed. Draw up a "business plan" to create 20 tales and submit 100 entries in 2010. 2 new tales finished so far and 2 more are underway.
There are 6 entries by the beginning of March. Was selling a tale 4 hrs after submission, making the quickest selling I'll probably ever make in my Iife. Before I made my first selling it took about 14 years, 30 tales and almost 100 disagree. This year I'm really trying to crank things up in both terms of the qualtity and the amount of my typing.