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Sarah Pinsker Hi Joseph,
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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 p…more
Hi Joseph,
Thanks for asking!
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)
Sarah Pinsker Hi Kayla, and thanks for these great questions! So yes, I've been in bands basically my entire life. I do a singer/songwriter thing and then my band p…moreHi Kayla, and thanks for these great questions! So yes, I've been in bands basically my entire life. I do a singer/songwriter thing and then my band plays the same songs louder and faster. I spent a long time touring, and I've played a lot of DIY venues, so this is definitely a love letter to punk spaces. In my experience, most of those spaces have a wide variety of music coming through, so even though the cover says "rock" I tried to capture that breadth. There's a hidden soundtrack in the chapter titles too...

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My 2019 Year in Fiction

Rat terrier, and two Sarah Pinsker books: A Song For A New Day and Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea


 


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2019 has been one interesting year for me personally. For starters, when our Bo dog died in October 2018 at 17 years old, we swore we wouldn't get another dog for at least a year. It seemed like it would be a lot to deal with in a year where my first two books were scheduled to come out, but we only made

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“They’ve grounded all planes. Schools are canceled tomorrow.”
Sarah Pinsker, A Song for a New Day

“We all felt our world slipping away, in cascades and cataracts, the promises of temporary change becoming less and less temporary. Didn’t we feel so much safer? Weren’t safe and healthy worth more to us than large weddings and overcrowded schools? Hadn’t the pox been spread by people working and attending school when they should have stayed home? Never mind that they didn’t stay home because they couldn’t afford to. The talking heads were in agreement that necessity would fuel innovation. Good things were coming fast, they promised; I stopped watching the news.”
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“politicians who wielded restriction in the name of freedom and safety, or the ones who didn’t stop them, or the ones who were sure it would only be temporary”
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“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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“Every room I've lived in since I was given my own room at eleven was lined with, and usually overfull of, books. My employment in bookstores was always continuous with my private hours: shelving and alphabetizing, building shelves, and browsing-- in my collection and others-- in order to understand a small amount about the widest possible number of books. Such numbers of books are constantly acquired that constant culling is necessary; if I slouch in this discipline, the books erupt. I've also bricked myself in with music--vinyl records, then compact discs. My homes have been improbably information-dense, like capsules for survival of a nuclear war, or models of the interior of my own skull. That comparison--room as brain-- is one I've often reached for in describing the rooms of others, but it began with the suspicion that I'd externalized my own brain, for anyone who cared to look.”
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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.


message 12: by Catie

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,

Mom


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.


message 4: by Lori

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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