This will be the first of three (maybe four) posts that explore my writing over the last twenty years, focusing on how it has changed, and, hopefully, improved. With twenty years of writing under my belt and about fifteen of those years being the paid, professional variety, I have a…


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As you know, writing requires extreme dedication to the craft, unswerving discipline, and nigh-supernatural resistance to distraction. To shed some light on this magical process, I present a semi-fictionalized account of a single day in the creation of a first draft.

8:00 a.m.

Okay, at my desk bright an early…


I recently found myself wondering how many rejections I’ve received since I started using Duotrope (religiously) to track my submissions. So, uh, I went and looked . . .

I’ve received 218 rejections. Is that a lot? Maybe, but to me it (usually) just feels like my fair share. The…


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Gorrus crawled on his hands and knees, squeezing through the narrow halls of his house. His bedroom was the only room that could accommodate a giant’s frame, and only because he’d knocked down the walls of the adjoining rooms. …


Today it is my privilege to present an interview with Avily Jerome, the editor for Havok magazine. Avily is an accomplished editor and writer, and she has great advice for authors who want to publish in Havok (or publish in general). She also knows a thing or two about rejection…


Hey, let’s talk about cover letters again. I see this subject pop up a lot when it comes to submissions. There are a lot of opinions, and my opinion goes something like this: keep it short, keep it simple, and follow the guidelines. Let me show you what I mean.

The Basic Cover Letter


If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I write a lot of flash fiction. I never set out to be a flash fiction writer, but about five years ago a friend of mine introduced me to a weekly contest held on the forums of a…

Aeryn Rudel

Author, game designer, dinosaur nerd, and baseball connoisseur. I blog about writing and rejection (mostly rejection) at www.rejectomancy.com.

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