The #TESSpecFic Weekly: Things to Come

Another week draws to a close, and I’m sick. Sick of it all. Or sick of this bug, I don’t know which. What started as allergies has descended into illness and I don’t know if my writing seems good because it’s getting better or if it’s because I’m all fever-dreamy. Assuming it’s for real, I had a major breakthrough with Room 3 yesterday while editing a pivotal scene, discovering a hidden layer of emotion underneath what bubbled along the surface. Yeah, it means that the edit is going to take longer when the book is already delayed, but I refuse to rush this. In fact, I’m currently debating whether to submit this thing to a small press. Craziness? Perhaps, but at least there’s some reasoning behind it.

I’m not sure I want to get in bed with the Big Six, but I’m increasingly finding that I want some of the editorial advice that a publisher can offer. I have a great editor, don’t get me wrong, but I’d like to find a place that has some decent terms and a good editorial staff to help me mold my stories and taken them even further. I’ve decided that I’m willing to surrender a cut of profits for that, and I think I could make it with a publisher. But we’ll see. this is all still bouncing around my head, and I’m here to talk about the rest of the TESSers. Let’s see what they’re up to.

Keep your eye on Paul Dail’s site today. As of this writing, the post is not up yet, but Paul will be sharing his experiences at HorrorCon last week. I suspect it’s not up yet because there’s a lot coming, but I think it will be worth it. Paul’s  set of short stories (Free Five) is now available on Amazon along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute and his novel The Imaginings. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.

Kim Koning shared a post that really hit home for me – she, too, is apparently struggling with a manuscript that refuses to behave. Her words helped put things in perspective for me. She reminded me of why I need to keep fighting for Room 3. So, Kim. Thank you! You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury and she’s at @authorkimkoning on Twitter.


A reminder that Penelope Crowe’s Easter story is still available. Head on over and check out Francine and the Super Pet Spy Bunny. She also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.

J W Manus continued to share great content. She dug up one of her older works from a floppy disc (right there with you, Jaye, I did something similar a few years back and have never been happier to see my old work) and talked about approaches for when you’re getting bored of your work – particularly relevant for me. You can find her at @callieshand.
Aniko Carmean wants your questions! She’s gathering them up to answer them in a video blog that will be posted sometime next week. I’m looking forward to the answers! You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon. I’m still chipping away at it, now about 40% in and confused as hell – and loving it. You can find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.

It appears next week should be a pretty busy one. Should be an interesting post…


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  1. Thanks as always for the nod, my friend.

    As we tweeted back and forth, it is an interesting question of whether or not the tradeoff in percentage is worth the work they will do for you. I think this gets back to one of Jaye’s posts. It has been an amazing experience learning the more technical/production side of publishing, but perhaps now it’s time to consider handing it off to someone else for awhile (note that I don’t necessarily say forever).

    Oh, and the recap is officially up at my blog.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Paul, you just succinctly summed up my position on things. I might be ready to hand it off to someone else while I sort of serve an “apprenticeship” for lack of a better word. Heading over to the recap now!

  2. Thanks for the shout out, Jonathan.

    Yeah, that can be a drawback to self publishing, the flailing in the dark and hoping you get it right. Publishers do tend to attract the best editors.

    If you need help with a proposal, email me.

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Absolutely. And you’re right, as much as I value my editor and proofreader, their level of experience isn’t the same as someone who might have years in the industry and know some common pitfalls to avoid.

      And thank you, I might just take you up on that.

  3. I hope you get the deal that you want. I believe both you, Jonathan, and Paul have what it takes to make it in the traditional world. It would please me immensely to see that happen for you.

    …I’ve deleted paragraphs about my views for me on legacy publishing. They don’t belong here. But I appreciate you getting me to think about it, because I am more certain than ever!

    Thanks again for reppin’ me on Fridays, man!

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