About Tom Dullemond

Writer. IT guy. Occasional troublemaker. Opinionated. Shockingly, shockingly humble.

Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from (via @salon)

tl;dr: Living is expensive, and writing doesn’t make much money, and writers don’t often acknowledge that they rely on external funding:

I attended a packed reading (I’m talking 300+ people) about a year and a half ago. The author was very well-known, a magnificent nonfictionist who has, deservedly, won several big awards. He also happens to be the heir to a mammoth fortune. Mega-millions. In other words he’s a man who has never had to work one job, much less two. He has several children; I know, because they were at the reading with him, all lined up. I heard someone say they were all traveling with him, plus two nannies, on his worldwide tour.

None of this takes away from his brilliance. Yet, when an audience member — young, wide-eyed, clearly not clued in — rose to ask him how he’d managed to spend 10 years writing his current masterpiece — What had he done to sustain himself and his family during that time? — he told her in a serious tone that it had been tough but he’d written a number of magazine articles to get by. I heard a titter pass through the half of the audience that knew the truth. But the author, impassive, moved on and left this woman thinking he’d supported his Manhattan life for a decade with a handful of pieces in the Nation and Salon.

Read it all here: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/25/sponsored_by_my_husband_why_its_a_problem_that_writers_never_talk_about_where_their_money_comes_from/

Sunday Services – Pro Writing Aid (via: @prowritingaid, HT: @duckaroy)

Not sure how long this has been around but it’s pretty slick. I’ve actually been wanting to write something similar to this (it’s really hard, don’t even try) and as you can see the folks at Pro Writing Aid have knocked it out of the park. The only drawback: no plug in support for Mac Word (the reason for that being Mac Word’s fault, not Pro Writing Aid’s).

ProWritingAid is your free online writing editor and personal writing coach. Of course it checks your grammar but it does much more to help you improve your writing:

  • Online grammar and spelling checker;

  • Online plagiarism checker;

  • Improve readability;

  • Find overused words;

  • Improve dull paragraph structure;

  • Find repeated words and phrases;

  • Check for consistency of spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization;

  • Eliminate clichés and redundancies;

  • Create a word cloud of your text;

  • Eliminate vague, abstract, and complex words from your writing.

Check it out here: https://prowritingaid.com/ and jump straight into the editor here https://prowritingaid.com/en/Analysis/Editor

Monday Markets – Acidic Fiction Magazine

Check it out:

Acidic Fiction publishes contemporary speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and magic realism. As a general guideline, stories should take place within roughly the past 100 years or the next 10. Stories should be completely original and self-contained. I’m looking for innovative, well-written stories that explore the amazing aspects of everyday life through the lens of speculative fiction. Subtlety is crucial.

Short fiction up to 6,000 words and payment is $35/story.

Full submission guidelines: http://acidicfiction.com/submissions/

Countdown

LiterariumSo this is just a quick update for you all.

Literarium is now sitting on our production server, and we are ironing out some last minute teeny bugs. Our first step is to shoot invites to some close associates who will forgive us our trespasses (this is happening now), and then we will FINALLY send closed beta invites to the people who’ve signed up to our beta list.

Yes, it’s finally happening. Yes, Lucas and I both know we’ve taken years to get this far. The reality is, we’ve been developing in different directions and throwing out approaches that aren’t going to work in the long run. It’s better to avoid the sunk cost fallacy in the early days of development, when it’s still possible to overhaul large chunks of the system. It hurt to revert so much of the front end (back in April 2013 I was in Canberra doing up the final page styling for a demonstration!) but it was all worth it. It’s much snappier and usable now. I’m quite excited, and it’s fun (and rewarding) to start keying in my own submissions only to see on the Literarium timeline that I need to start chasing some of them up in the next few days.

More news soon! Onwards and upwards!

Monday Markets – Far Orbit: Apogee – Mar 31, 2015 (via @worldweaver_wwp)

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Far Orbit: Apogee, is the second volume of the science fiction adventure series edited by Bascomb James, will be open to submissions until March 31, 2015.

We are looking for adventure stories that are creative, readable, and memorable. We are also looking for midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied. All adventure-based sci-fi genera are welcome but stay away from fantasy elements unless they are genetically engineered or cybernetic. Stories can begin on Earth but the major action should happen out there, beyond the edges of our blue marble. Dystopia (Mad Max) and fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be very special to be included in this anthology. Please, no fan fiction.

They’re happy to accept simultaneous submissions, and are paying 1c/word and a contributor copy for submissions up to 10,000 words.

Full guidelines here: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html

Monday Markets – Monsters – Grey Matter Press – Jan 30, 2015

Grey Matter Press is open for its next horror anthology:

[W]e’re looking for your best original horror fiction that investigates the evil that lives among us—the monster that is man.

MONSTERS will include a selection of dark fiction focusing on ‘man as monster.’ We are looking for your most horrifying, most dreadful, most frightening tales that highlight the creatures that haunt your nightmares, or even those who may live down the block. For this anthology we want your dark, chilling, character-driven tales portraying the deadliest monsters of all—mankind.

While we are not specifically looking for stories whose characters, setting or plot include classic horror monsters—werewolves or vampires and their ilk—we will not disqualify such tales as, on the most basic of levels, these classic monsters are still (or once were) human. Although, stories that include such famous fiends should, at minimum, put a new spin on the theme or have a brand new take on the chosen horror monster.

What we most definitely do want to read are stories that encapsulate the dark and demented behavior of the monster that lives next door (or maybe even the one who lives in your own house…) Serial killers. Demented clowns. Vengeful mothers-in-law. The possibilities are, literally, endless.

They’re looking for 3,000 to 7,500 words and paying 5c/word up to 5,000 (ie. capped at $250 USD). You have until the end of the month to get your stories in folks!

Full submission details here: http://greymatterpress.com/open-call-for-submissions-to-monsters/

Sunday Services – Gumroad (via @gumroad)

Welcome to 2015 and a happy new year! Literarium isn’t just for markets, it’s for services too. I tend not to post Sunday Services nearly as often though, which is really just my failing. I figured for the start of the new year I’d make a change.

I stumbled on Gumroad because I was trying to buy a DRM free epub (the only kind of digibook that I buy). You may have already used it on your own travels, as seller or buyer, but my user experience was great:

  • Receive link to book I wanted to buy from the author on twitter
  • Clicked ‘I wanna buy this’
  • Entered Email address and CC details
  • Clicked buy
  • Received email with link to ebook.
  • Clicked on link and selected ‘open in iBooks’
  • Book appeared in iBooks app and promptly synchronised to my iCloud backup, other iOS devices and whatnot.

So for authors looking into non-user-antagonistic distribution platforms, do have a look at what Gumroad offers. Fees are 5% + 25c per transaction: https://gumroad.com