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New Fiction Sold.

sold a story called 'the seven whistlers' to the magazine potato monkey, which is nice. the story is an allandros and balor piece, around nine thousand words, and marks the second one i've sold to the editor, ben payne.

for those having not heard of either character due to newness with this blog, i have a victorian-fashion-faerie-myth-steampunk-sword-and-sorcery series i've been developing that is, really, quite different to the other things i write. i have a ton of fun with it. it's formed, partly, as my homage to fritz leiber's fafhrd and the gray mouser series, partly out of a homage to sergio leone's eastwood starred spaghetti western, and partly out of the desire to explore the narration styles used for stories featuring linked characters and a background knowledge in the reader.

the first piece i sold, 'scratches in the sky', was to cat sparks' anthology agog! fantastic fiction. it featured only one of the main characters, allandros, and was a bit over two thousand words, but got nominated for a ditmar, and i still have people coming up to me and telling me that they loved the story. that's not bad, that. if you're one of the readers who did like that story, 'the seven whistlers' marks the third piece i've sold. 'night of the dead king' which will appear in the next issue of potato monkey and 'the lost world of the stronger' in amazing heroes 2, edited by gary thomas, are the other two.

if you've no interest in the characters or genre, fair enough. i like to be diverse in the things i write, but by no means do i expect everyone to dig everything i do.

i also had a piece of aphorisms, 'black sunday moments', picked up by antipodean sci-fi. it's no larger than two hundred words, the surviving remains of a longer set i was toying with, and which might be familiar to long time readers here. be out round december, from what i've been told.

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artbroken
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC)
Out of curiousity (and greed), how much did you get for the story?
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
it's a local mag, so i get the average australian payment for a mag not getting government funding, which is $25.
artbroken
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
Blimey.

I mean, obviously both you and the publishers are in this for art and love of writing, and I respect that. But as a shallow and mercenary word whore, that scares me right back into the bosom of RPG writing.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC)
local payments are shit. there's no other way of looking at it, and if you want to maintain a local identity, you just have to go with the shit payment. there are a couple of places that pay a bit more, like ASIM, and aurealis, but it's only marginal--another twenty five, maybe, depending on your piece. but in the end, it's all much of a muchness. the story i sold to FOREVER SHORES, which paid the professional rate of three cents a word, got me about a hundred and twenty bucks.

the funny thing is, i usually hesitate with submitting to overseas mags with such low payments. if i think it has a good rep, or it'll aid me in some other way (as with establishing a sword and sorcery audience, hence the piece in amazing heroes 2) i will, but mostly, the advantage of maintaining a local presence is what makes me ignore the cash issues.

also, no one has made money to live on from short fiction since the pulps.
shadowsandice
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
:) Congratulations. I'll hunt them down when I have the means - sounds like the sort of stories that make me go EEEEEEEE!!!

(That's a good EEEEEEEEEE!!!, not a bad one.)
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
why thank you.

when night of the dead king comes out, i'm planning to offer to people a copy of scratches in the sky (emailed) for them to sample if they don't wanna buy (or to entice them to buy). if you want a copy now, just say. i'm working on being a grass roots movement ;)
shadowsandice
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
Yes! Gimme! Now! I mean, please!
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)
email? post it here, or just use benpeek @ livejournal.com
shadowsandice
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
tessa at shadowsandice dot com

Well, anythingatall at shadowsandice dot com will work, if you're feeling creative.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)
i felt it best to go with tessa. just to be safe.
mariness
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
Congrats!

Not to mention that potato monkey is just a marvelously bizarre title for a magazine.

benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
it is a cool title, isn't it? i think that's part of the charm of being in it.
nick_kaufmann
Sep. 14th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale!
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
bodhichitta0
Sep. 14th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
Great news! Sounds like a very unique series of stories.
benpeek
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
thanks.

i'm not sure about the uniqueness of them, but they amuse me, and this is what is required.
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