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War Journal 75: The Shift in Gears, The Seriously Funny

It was a good while back, around the time I started this blog, that I decided it made better sense to build a name in this industry writing short stories before I started writing books.  That way I could hit the publishers and be like “Hey, James Beamon here… you know me, the guy with the fan base a legion strong… the dude who hasn’t quit because the world’s decried he’s too legit.  Attached is my debut novel.  Since your submission guidelines said nothing about simultaneous subs, I’ve also sent it to three other fairly large publishing houses.  I look forward to hearing back from you.  Sincerely Yours (for a price), James”

I mean, it makes sense right?  The thing is writers don’t actually listen to business sense so much as the story that’s beating in their writerly hearts.  And so while I was working to get into the biz one short at a time, the big story… the novel story that’s currently spanning trilogy lengths was beating in the heart.  So I’d take time out of the story game to write the novel, going back and forth and back again.  I finished the first novel without making too much of a splash in short stories.  Same went for the second novel.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve acquired a healthy number of people who dig what I write along the way, love you folks and your awesome sense of taste and style.  I’ve gotten to SFWA recognized pro status, a mountain of an endeavor, at least I think so.  But the novel writing was definitely messing with the volume of stories and hence my takeover of the game via shorts.

Flashback to August of 2015.  I had gotten zero short story sales for the year, I mean zero with the hollow circle, one less than the loneliest number.  We were getting into the “-ember” part of the year, you know, the ass end.  And the last sale I had was back in August of 2014.  So the business sense kicked in, along with a healthy dose of fear that this would be the year of the goose egg.  I basically mothballed third novel and got a LOT more shorts written out.  And many of them sold, Daily Science Fiction, F&SF, Apex, Sci Phi Journal, and more.  At the end of 2015 and going into 2016 I got 11 short stories accepted, published or both depending on the speed of the venue.  I made the Nebula Awards Recommended Reading List… twice.

It’s April 2017 and the smoke’s cleared after my writing/submitting blitz on the marketplace.  More to the point, I feel really good about where my stories landed, the viewership I attracted, and my visibility.  And while I don’t think I’m in any position to send that ultra-brazen letter to the publishers I posted above, I do think that I couldn’t ask for a better year in terms of how I hustled.

Since I’m not about going through 2017 with more of the same, I figured it was time to do the full switch of gears.  It’s novel finishing time.  I still have some stories out there, waging war with the world’s slushpiles, but I’m not looking to write write write more stories this year.  I plan to finish the third novel, put some honey glaze on the whole trilogy, and send it out to you guys for your consumption.  Granted, I may pen one short or two if the distracting pull is strong enough, but I’m fairly focused, like a laser pointer with only one bad battery.

The last part of this post involves my serious pursuit of the nonserious.  April is Unidentified Funny Objects month.  This year we’re on the sixth volume and I’ve been an Associate Editor ever since the first one.  If you’re a writer then we need your funny.  I’d love to read what you’ve done… as long as it’s funny.  So if you wrote something that makes you laugh and/or makes others laugh and everyone laughing is laughing for the right reasons, send it to us.  Guidelines are here.

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War Journal 73: A Very Beamon Christmas

‘Tis the season to use the word ’tis!  Plus friends and fam come around or toss you invites for you to come around.  I don’t know what it’s been about this year, but it’s been a woodwork type of season that everyone’s coming out of.  I’m seeing family I haven’t seen in years and friends I’ve seen seldom enough to wonder if we’re still friends.  Hell, one friend I met in person for the first time ever.

This is all to say I’ve been a bit busy.  And having a great time, too.

I’m about to go back to that!  Offline stuff.  Seasonal stuff.  ‘Tis stuff!  But first, I wanted to give all you guys who check for me a little early present.  I’m giving away my novelette, Dialogues with Talking Heads, for free temporarily.  Not only that, it’s coming bundled with 4 other works from that are also being given away for free for a limited time.  It’s a great way to get something I’d normally charge for while getting the opportunity to discover someone new… always great to do that without paying or just having a chinchy bit of “Look Inside” at the first 3 pages over at Amazon.  Christmas means more than 3 pages, Amazon!

Go here and grab some free reads!

FREE I tell ya!

FREE I tell ya!

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War Journal 71: Futuristica!

I swear I'm in it... this girl's looking at me, I'm right off cover. Promise.

I swear I’m in it… this girl’s looking at me, I’m right off cover. Promise.

Yo Fanbase!  I’m back.  Man, some of y’all remember, not too long ago, when these war journals were like war journals.  I mean, rejection here, near miss there, hell some actual war stuff in actual war zones?  It’s getting so the War Journal’s more of a Victory Journal.

I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing, even though I do miss some of the randomness I used to drop.  But I digress.

Victory Journal Update!  I’ve got a new story, and this time in both an e-book and physical book!  Futuristica: Volume 1 recently debuted and it features my story “Whole Lives in Hammered Fragments.”  I’ve always loved this one, and it’s one of my serious pieces (sorry humor fans).  The story description made the back cover, the first few lines even, when the editors were choosing choice stories to entice readers into buying.  I’ll post it below so you, too, can be enticed!

What does the future hold for us?

This anthology of nineteen diverse stories from authors around the world show us a future full of adventure, intrigue, fun, heart-ache, and wonder.  An imprisoned space pirate from Phobos is given a last chance for freedom, but only if he’s willing to kill his younger brother.  Again.

It’s available at Amazon, those folks who, every time I swear, don’t include me in the author’s section, forcing me to request it through their cold, automated feedback process.  There’s easier ways to get in contact with me, I have a page built for it, but they don’t ever seem to tire of me harassing them about inclusion.

Anyway, check out Futuristica: Volume 1 on Amazon.  If you check it out now you’ll see Amazon shading me out of the collaboration, even though you can read a good chunk of my story in the “Look Inside”!  I swear, my next war is gonna be against the world’s biggest online bookseller.  And speaking of wars and their associated journals, what do y’all think?  Do you miss the randomness too?  Drop a line and let me know.  Nothing beats selling a story more than tailoring my web presence to you few folks that actually care!

 

 

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War Journal 70: 17 Amazing Plot Elements…

My people!  I’m back after a month of slushing through a heap of really funny stuff for the upcoming UFO anthology.  I don’t blog enough… I think I may be

a) too busy

b) too lazy

c) too newsless

I don’t mind being b) even if I wanna believe it’s a) in my own mind… but I’m starting to think it’s definitely not c).  My news seems to be growing more and more in 2016 and here’s another example of that.  My newest story is out at Daily Science Fiction!  It’s called “17 Amazing Plot Elements… When You See #11, You’ll Be Astounded!”.  It absolutely holds the title of my longest title ever, a distinction I owe to fellow writer Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.    I’m just glad he said 17 and not 31 like it was Baskin Robbins!

I’ve gotten some great feedback on the story, so please, check it out here.  Let me know what you think.  And as I continue to stay less and less newsless, I’ll definitely make sure I’m not too busy to let you know where to find me.

hanged man

My attempt to tease you to check out my story!

 

 

 

 

 

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