In Uncategorized on November 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm
A common question that crops up at writing workshops is “How do you go about getting stories published?” So much so that I’ve started building the short version of the answer into my workshop introductions. The short answer goes like this:
McHugh’s 3-step Guide to Getting Published
1 Write the damn thing.
2 Submit the damn thing.
Then I add in a Step 1a – Good.
Step 1a – writing the damn thing good – is the real trick. As Donald Maass says, “Ninety-five percent of a story’s success is in the manuscript.” Put most of your energy into Step 1a. But pulling off a good story isn’t going to get you anywhere if you don’t send the damn thing out into the world for editors to read.
So, how about that? Where do you even start with Step 2?
Approaching the market with your work is daunting. Actually, it’s fucking terrifying when you’re freshly starting out. But having some understanding of how it all works can help get you past that.
In Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm
It’s very exciting.
Actually, I ran around the house like Ruprecht in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma!)
This also means I’ve run out of forthcoming stories. Best pull my finger out.
In Uncategorized on July 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Conflux have published the details of the Conflux Writer’s Day, to be held ahead of the Aurealis Awards on Saturday 5 April 2014. The day will be built around four themes: Writing Skills, Writing Processes, Submission and Publication and Building a Career.
I’ll be delivering the plenary session on Submission and Publication. Kaaron Warren and Jo Anderton are the plenary speakers for Writing Processes and Writing Skills, respectively. The final speaker is still TBA.
In between the plenary sessions, there’ll be a bunch of shorter presentations on the four themes, which will be chosen from submitted abstracts.
Abstract submissions will be open from 1 August to 31 October 2013. Registrations will also open in August.