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I'm not sure there's much to my 'how did you get published' story beyond saying that I wrote a story somebody wanted to publish.
On paper, my breakthrough into short fiction was on the fast side, if you're just looking at stories published. My first pro sale was to Daily Science Fiction, and then several months later things took off with pro sales to Strange Horizons, Asimov's, etc. and many more since then.
On the other hand, I'd been submitting stories to magazines since I was fourteen, with a break when I was playing music full time. Things went fast once they got rolling in 2012, but I had lots of stories under my belt by then.
In my opinion, the only way to get published is to write, write, write and submit, submit, submit. Finish stories, then finish more stories. That sounds glib, but I used to start stories all the time and then abandon them. Some people swear by a stint slush reading at magazines, and others swear by attending one of the genre workshops (Clarion being the gold standard, but there are other shorter/more affordable ones such as Viable Paradise and the one at the University of Kansas). I'll just swear by writing a lot, submitting a lot, and rolling with the rejections until they turn into acceptances.(less)
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They haven't given us…more
Every song mentioned in the story except for Wind Will Rove and its antecedents exists, so one could easily make a soundtrack!
They haven't given us schedules yet for Worldcon so I don't know if I'm playing music this year. That said, Wind Will Rove only exists in my head so far. (less)
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My 2018: Books, Stories, & Muppets, Oh, My

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What a year. I find it harder and harder to write these year's end wrap-ups because it's hard to talk about what's happened in my life without the larger context. Many American writers I know are still looking for ways to be productive while our own government inflicts trauma after trauma; for others, it was always like that. When I make this list of my own accomplishments, I'm conscious of th...

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Michael Chabon
“It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That's what a family is. Also the storm at sea, the ship, and the unknown shore. And the hats and the whiskey stills that you make out of bamboo and coconuts. And the fire that you light to keep away the beasts.”
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“Whenever the horse stopped (which it did very often), he fell off in front; and, whenever it went on again (which it generally did rather suddenly), he fell off behind. Otherwise he kept on pretty well, except that he had a habit of now and then falling off sideways; and, as he generally did this on the side on which Alice was walking, she soon found that it was the best plan not to walk quite close to the horse.”
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“If you are very lucky, you're allowed to be in certain places during just the right season of your life: by the sea for the summer when you're seven or eight and full of the absolute need to swim until dark and exhaustion close their hands together, cupping you in between.”
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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
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message 16: by Clare

Clare O'Beara Hi Sarah,
thanks for the friend request. You are right, horses and SF make a great combination!


Debbie "DJ" Hey Sarah, thanks for the add. I've got a big soft spot for authors!


message 14: by Jim

Jim Hi Sarah, and thank you so much for the invitation! I appreciate the kind words, and I see that we have many books and interests in common.:)

I will be very interested in your reviews and in discussions with you, so please don't be shy about chiming in on any thread, or starting your own! And, of course I will be more than happy to talk about neuroscience - thanks for your interest!

Cheers,
Jim


message 13: by Sarah (last edited Apr 23, 2012 01:42PM)

Sarah Catie wrote: "Hey, thanks for the friend request Sarah. It's great to see someone from "the neighborhood" on here (I live in Northern Virginia). Wasn't Silently and Very Fast just amazing? Are you going to re..."

Hey! I didn't even notice that you were from NoVa. I've read all the short stories for The Alternative World group, and now I'm working my way through the novellas and novelettes. I won't make the same commitment for full-length fiction.
Are you going to the Nebulas? Nebula weekend is in Arlington this year.
Oh, and yes! Silently and Very Fast was fantastic.


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Catie Hey, thanks for the friend request Sarah. It's great to see someone from "the neighborhood" on here (I live in Northern Virginia). Wasn't Silently and Very Fast just amazing? Are you going to read all the nominees?


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Sarah RandomAnthony wrote: "Hey, are you a Bob Mould/Husker Du fan? I just finished his autobiography...review over the next couple days...I think you'd like it."

RandomAnthony wrote: "Hey, are you a Bob Mould/Husker Du fan? I just finished his autobiography...review over the next couple days...I think you'd like it."
I've been meaning to read it at some point. I'll look forward to your review.


RandomAnthony Hey, are you a Bob Mould/Husker Du fan? I just finished his autobiography...review over the next couple days...I think you'd like it.


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Sarah RandomAnthony wrote: "You hear this yet? What do you think?

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I haven't! I've just heard the tracks that were part of the documentary.


RandomAnthony You hear this yet? What do you think?

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Marlee Pinsker Hi Sarah,

I finally made it over to this site. It's nice to see you here.

Love,

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message 5: by Sally

Sally Your package arrived today! Thank you so much for the chocolate and tunes, to boot. We listened to your mix last night and Sweeter kept oohing and aaahing over your taste. Good stuff.


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Lori That was one of my favorite pictures out of all the ones you took!


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Sarah Randomanthony wrote: "Just for you today...

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Thanks! Cool shot.


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