Issue II Archived
September, 14 2020
Welcome to the second Eric C Bailey, Author newsletter 'The Newb Files'. You are likely receiving this newsletter because you subscribed to it. Or, you didn't unsubscribe after I subscribed you to the first one. ...
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I am polishing the first short story I wrote called Scream and Leapt a Man-Kzin Wars story. When I am done, it will be off to the beta readers and critique partners. ... after I find some beta and critique readers.
Anyone familiar with Larry Niven and the Man-Kzin Wars series will understand how difficult it will be to get even an exceptional story published. As far as I know they only accept work from invited authors. Yes, my story is that good, and no, I am not interested in fan-fiction. ...
If you are interested in reading my short story, please contact me along with a note regarding your preference of being a beta reader, or something more involved. I will be happy to return the favor.
Please specify a file format (a Word *.docx is usual) preference.
It is approximately 8500 words long.
NOTE: If you think Stephen King writes science fiction, don't bother applying. Also, we can't be friends. ...
For definitions of beta reader and critique partner etc. refer to my 'Monthly Newb Moment' column in this issue for details.
Below are links to a few short stories I wrote. The first three are the results from an exercise in 'voice' for the diymfa.com writing course I took in the spring of 2020. The fourth is the second short story I ever wrote, which I wrote as an entry for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize.
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Science Fiction/Fantasy/Western (Foul Language/Mature Content)
WARNING: Spoilers Alert!
I present these writing terms, abbreviations etc. as a short-cut to any wanna-be authors. I learned by watching videos and researching on-line.
- Query Letter: A letter to an agent, editor or publisher to sell your project (book), in other words, a cover letter.
- Beta Reader: Someone, usually not a writing professional, that gives a general impression/review of your project.
- Critique Partner: Someone often writing in your same genre that gives a detailed review of your project. Someone you share stories and feedback with regularly.
- Crit: To give or receive a critique, see above. ...
There are many more, but that's a good start.
Will I ever be able to change the name of this Newsletter?
Stay tuned, it could take a while.
Q: You joke, but will you ever change the name of your newsletter?
A: No. I have nerve even mentioning Jim Butcher in a sentence with myself, but, just as he kept the nickname Longshot on author forums even after his success, it will forever be The Newb Files. ...
That's all for this month!
Eric C Bailey, September 14, 2020
The Newb Files, Science Fiction and Fantasy
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