On one hand, 2014 was for me a year like any other. Every new story I wrote this year was rejected, many multiple times. I racked up well over 50 rejections this year, and most of the stories I think are among my best. In fact, even though I love writing short stories, I think I’ll stop trying to write so many every year. It’s just a lot of work that mostly leads to rejections. Writing novels is probably a more fruitful way to go.
Furthermore, I tried to write another novel for Nanowrimo this year and did not finish it. So on that hand, it’s sort of a normal year.
That, however, is a very misleading hand.
It has unequivocally been the best year of my writing life. I sold two travel articles early in the year, appearing in Wanderlust UK and CSTN Solo Travel. The Tales to Terrify podcast agreed to adapt one of my first published stories. Two different anthologies (Dead Harvest and History and Horror) bought stories of mine, one a reprint and that found a home for the first time.
Best of’ all, as you have no doubt heard if you’ve been to this blog before, is that I sold my novel. This is a book I started planning in 2005 and I finished in 2011 and then spent a while looking for agents and publishers. Because the folks at Severed Press wisely pointed out that there’s not a lot of market for historical horror, they signed me to write two additional books.
I’m almost finished with my Journal to the Center of the Earth novella, the first one for them. I re-read Verne and Burroughs and Doyle and I hope to keep their fast-paced narratives even though obviously it will be a different story.
I’m excited to see what 2015 will bring.