Ha! With this post, I’m officially increasing my post count 100% from 2015 to 2016! Also hoping to get that percentage way, way up in the coming weeks and months…
My New Year’s resolution is to continue to build my list of published stories, between the crowdfunding project at Patreon, and my submissions to traditional markets.
There will be some overlap there, at least for the time being. There is no standard for how traditional markets look at the crowdfunded stories. I’ve tried to follow the rule that I don’t submit stories that are publicly available on Patreon (although I may try to sell some of those as reprints), but will try submit some of the stories that remain patron exclusives. As previously stated (maybe), Defenestration published “Due By Noon” and “First World Simple Mistakes,” which are both available behind the paywall at Patreon. I’ve also had rejections of other Patreon stories that suggested that the markets doing the rejecting were open to such submissions, and others where the rejecting markets said that they would consider such stories to already be “published.” So, you know, no standardization.
One day, if I can get up to a certain (as-of-now undefined) level of support on the crowdfunding side, I think I’d like to separate out the crowdfunded stories and the traditional submissions in my own work. I’m trying to remember my reasoning as I type this, but I think it was something along the lines of: It would be easier to not have to worry about the non-standardized reaction to the crowdfunded stories. We’ll see how that reasoning evolves as time passes.
In any case, I’m bullish about my productivity 2016. January is usually a good month for dreaming big.