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New Year’s Resolution: 1 Short Story a Month

Seconds into 2012 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. (Yes, that's Stevie Wonder.)

Sure, it’s a little late to start talking about New Year’s Resolutions, what with it being the end of February and all. Nonetheless, I have an awesome 2012 Resolution, and I’m writing to see if you want to play along with me.

Here goes: I’m sending an unpublished short story to publication every single month of 2012.

As for length or genre or type of publication, that’s up to you. I personally, am choosing to have fun with it and go for as wide a range as possible, like walking down an all-you-can-eat buffet and sticking my finger in every dish as I pass. (Not that I’d ever do that in real life, though a great buffet, if you were so inclined, is the one at the Wynn. Yummy.) So far, I’ve sent a sci-fi story to Asimov’s for January and I’m finishing up a literary-fiction confection for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers (February).

Worried about the anguish of rejection? Don’t be. At the end of the year, I’m going to publish whatever isn’t already published on Amazon e-books. Each short story will go for a dollar. And then I shall get rich or at least get a lot of practice.

Won’t you play along with me?

writing tips: What I Learned at the UCLA Writers’ Fair

Last week-ish, I went to the UCLA extension Writers’ Fair. This was the university’s attempt to sell writing courses, but it was disguised as an “event” complete with booths and free mini-courses. Though the day-long sales pitch was advertised as FREE!, you still had to pay $9 in parking. That’s LA for you. Even the university acts like a blonde trying to cash in on a date with a rich, ugly fool.

While we writers may sometimes be foolish and/or attractively non-inclined. We are not rich.

Needless to say, I will not be signing up (unless somebody wants to sponsor me). And to save you, loyal reader, from the price of next year’s parking. I present unto you, right here, right now, for FREE! all that I have learned at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Fair 2008:

1. Glimmer Train is the literary journal that ALL the agents read. Write for it and your fortune is secured.

2. The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses offers a useful directory of publication alternatives if you aren’t lucky enough to climb aboard the Glimmer Train.

3. Author and UCLA extension teacher Paul Mandelbaum offers his own list of literary journals on his website. He claims the list is organized by status of journal and fame potential, but a cursory look at his website revealed no such directory. (But don’t take my word for it. Find it for yourself!)

4. One of the speakers was Kate Gale, founder of Red Hen Press. She is awesome. If ever I am in need of a super hero, I hope she is the one to save me.