Category: story sales

STORY SALE: “Gemma Barrows Comes to Cooperstown” to InterGalactic Medicine Show

With the contracts signed, I am delighted to announce that my newest story, “Gemma Barrows Comes to Cooperstown” will be appearing in an upcoming issue of InterGalactic Medicine Show.

This is my second baseball science fiction story to appear in the magazine, and still the baseball stories are not out of my system yet. I’m not certain which issue it will be appearing in but I’ll post an update when I know.

I wanted to give special thanks to Juliette Wade, Bud Sparhawk, and Jay Werkheiser; they all provided excellent feedback that really helped make “Gemma Barrows” a much story.

NEW STORY: “Meat and Greet” is now available in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Issue 43

I have a new story in the latest issue of InterGalactic Medicine Show. “Meat and Greet” is short metafictional piece, and my only attempt at ever writing a zombie story. Those interested can head on over to IGMS to read the story. The stories in this issue will be freely available when the next issue comes out.

There are a couple of unique things about this particular story:

1. It marks my 10th professional piece of fiction, which is something of a milestone. Three of my stories have appeared in IGMS, including my very first one.

2. The story sale has a unique provenance: I gave a reading at the World Fantasy Convention here in the Washington, D.C. area back in November. I read two short stories. “Meat and Greet” was one of them. After the reading, Edmund Schubert, who edits IGMS, came up to me and grabbed the manuscript. 2 days later, he emailed me letting me know he was buying the story. So: first story sale from a reading.

3. Check out the amazing art work by Scott Altmann. Scott did great art for my story, “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon” and he did another fantastic job on the art for this story.

Story Sale: “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon” to Appear in InterGalactic Medicine Show

Back in November, I mentioned that I had sold a new story. That story is titled “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon.” Today I am pleased to announce that the story will be appearing in InterGalactic Medicine Show. My understanding is that it will appear in the upcoming issue, schedule to come out later this month in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.

This is a milestone story for me in many respects, but perhaps most significant is the fact that I sold my very first story to IGMS back in 2007–almost 7 years ago to the day. It’s nice to finally have another story in the magazine, especially this story, which I had a blast writing, and which covers two subjects close to my heart: baseball, and the Apollo moon landings.

Edmund Schubert, editor of IGMS, also usually publishes a “story-behind-the-story” blog post about each story in the magazine. I’ll let you know when that is available as well.

There are a lot of great stories published in IGMS, stories by folks like Mary Robinette Kowal, Brad Torgersen, Alex Shvartsman, Ferrett Steinmetz, Ken Liu, and Alethea Kontis. If you like what you see there, consider subscribing to the magazine.

Keep an eye out for the January 2014 issue of IGMS in the next week or two.

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Story Sale: “Situational Awareness” to Blue Shift (Plus a New Nonfiction Column)

As I announced on Facebook yesterday, my story, “Situational Awareness” will appear in Issue #2 of Blue Shift magazine, a new magazine making its debut early in 2013. The magazine is edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and he announced the lineups for the first two issues (here and here) on Facebook yesterday. Those lineups look pretty darn good! Issue #2, with my story, will appear in November 2013, so you have a little bit of waiting to do. And it gives me time to make some revisions that Bryan requested.

If you read Bryan’s lineups, one thing you might note is that the magazine has several nonfiction columns. My friend Juliette Wade will be writing one of those columns. Another friend, Paul Weimer, will be contributing articles on gaming to the magazine. And I will also be writing a column for the magazine, with a focus on science fiction and technology.

And if all of this isn’t enough, I’m hoping to have some more news to announce in the not-too-distant future. So stay-tuned.


Contracts Signed On Two New Analog Pieces

Yesterday, I signed the contracts on the two new Analog pieces I reported on last month. The first is a short story, “The Negative Impact of Climate Change On the Unusual Beasts of the World.” This is one of the stories that I read at Capclave in October. The second is a guest editorial that I was commissioned to write for the magazine. At this point, I have no idea when either will be appearing. Typically, their lead time is about 8-9 months, unless they are filling a spot. That would put my story in the July issue time-frame (which comes out in late April 2013), but this is just a guess on my part. When I have more information, I’ll let you know.

I still get goosebumps when I think that I’ve sold things to Analog. I can remember as if were yesterday, those days in my junior year in college when I first decided to be a science fiction writer, imagining what it might be like to sell a story to Analog. It was a thrill just to think about, on par with imagining what it would be like to solo in a plane. And now I’ve sold to them not once but three times. And I did end up soloing in a plane, too, back when I got my private pilot license. The day I got my license was a remarkable one, but the day I sold to Analog was better.

And for my paperless friends, I was asked to sign and return two copies of the contracts. When I sold my first story to Analog in 2010, I think I printed the contract, signed it, and put it in the mail. This time around, I inquired as to whether I could sign and email the contracts back, instead of printing them out and putting them in the mail. That was perfectly acceptable, which is what you might expect from a science fiction magazine. I really am trying to remain as paper-free as I can manage.

Two More Sales to Analog Science Fiction

I have two new sales to announce, both of them to Analog Science Fiction.

  1. I’ve sold a guest editorial to the magazine.
  2. I’ve sold a new story to the magazine.

Guest Editorial

I’ve known about this one for a while now. Shortly after Worldcon, Analog’s new editor asked me if I’d be willing to write a guest editorial for the magazine. He asked me, in part, because of the work I’d done on my Vacation in the Golden Age, which made me very happy. I was humbled and I did my best to write a decent editorial. I must have done something right because Trevor bought the piece. It will likely appear sometime in 2013, but at this point I have no idea as to when.

This represents the first time I was ever commissioned by an editor to write something. It was a little stressful, but also a lot of fun, and big thanks go out to both Ken Liu and Michael Burstein for their feedback on the editorial. Of course, I was delighted when Trevor told me he was taking the piece. It’s one thing for a piece to be commissioned. It doesn’t guarantee an editor is going to like it. Fortunately, in this case, the editor did like it.

New Story

As I mentioned briefly on Twitter yesterday, I’ve sold my story, “The Negative Impact of Climate Change on the Unusual Beasts of the World” to Analog. This represents a couple of significant milestones for me.

  1. It is the first time I’ve made a second story sale to a place I’ve previous sold. My story, “Take One for the Road” appeared in the June 2011 Analog.
  2. It is the first time I’ve made story sales on two consecutive days. I announced yesterday my sale to the Beyond the Sun anthology.

I read this story at Capclave earlier in the month so if you were one of the ten or so people sitting in on the reading, then you already know which story I’m talking about. I’m very excited to have made this sale to Analog.

Once again, it’s too early to say when the story will appear in the magazine, other than my guess that it will be some time in 2013.

Making these sales, especially the story yesterday and today, has an enormous impact on my self-confidence as a writer. More and more I feel like I have some clue what I am doing when I sit down to write a story. They generally require a lot of hard work on my part, but I am starting to feel that with each story I write, my chances for finding a good home for it get better and better.

And at this point, I have no outstanding stories. Which means I need to get busy writing again. I’ll keep you posted on these two pieces, as well as the story I sold to the anthology. When I have a better idea of publication dates, I’ll post them.

Story Sale: “Flipping the Switch” Sold to the Beyond the Sun Anthology

I have sold my story, “Flipping the Switch” to the Beyond the Sun anthology, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. It is a themed anthology described as follows:

Colonists take to the stars to discover new planets, new sentient beings, and build new lives for themselves and their families. Some travel years to find their destination, while others travel a year or less. Some discover a planet that just might be paradise, while others find nothing but unwelcoming aliens and terrain. It’s not just a struggle for territory but a struggle for understanding as cultures clash, disasters occur, danger lurks and lives are at risk. 20 stories of space colonists by both leading and up and coming science fiction writers of today.

Headliners for the anthology include Nancy Kress, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Robert Silverberg.

The sale to this anthology marks at least two firsts for me:

  • First time selling to an invitation-only anthology.
  • First time selling original fiction to an anthology (as opposed to a reprint).

At present, the anthology is set to see the light of day in the summer of 2013, but I’ll keep you posted on updates. In the meantime, I am doing a happy dance in my office, and attracting strange stares from my coworkers.

Story sale: “Lost and Found” sold to Daily Science Fiction

I am delighted to announce that my story, “Lost and Found,” has been picked up by Daily Science Fiction. All year, I’ve had a secret desire to get a story into Daily Science Fiction because I enjoy reading the stories they publish so much. And so I was thrilled when I learned a few days ago that they were picking up my story.

For the unlikely few who don’t already know about Daily Science Fiction, they are an online fiction magazine. They send out an original story every weekday of the year. And you can get these stories for free in email by subscribing to their email list. Not long after the story is emailed out to subscribers, it will also appear (for free) on their website. And monthly compilations of stories are available on Kindle.

“Lost and Found” is my sixth story sale.

More info on when it will be scheduled to appear when I have the information myself. Mostly, I was excited about finally selling a story to Daily SF and wanted to get the word out. Now go an subscribe to their mailing list, if not for my story then for all of the other terrific stories they put out each weekday.

New Story: “In the Cloud” available on Amazon (40K Books)

I’m pleased to announce that my novelette, “In the Cloud” is now available on Amazon, put out by 40K Books. This is the second story of mine that 40K has put out. The first story, “If By Reason of Strength…” recently received a positive review in Analog.

Here’s the cover for the new story, done by artist Roberto Grassilli:

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The story is currently available on Amazon’s Kindle store for $0.99. I hope you enjoy this story should you decide to check it out.

New story: “If By Reason of Strength…”

I am delighted to announce that a new story of mine, “If By Reason of Strength…” has been published by 40kbooks. The folks over at 40kbooks publish e-book version of novelettes and novellas and they do a wonderful job creating the e-book and making it presentable. They’ve published folks like Paul Di Filippo, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, and Jeff VanderMeer. And now, Jamie Todd Rubin.

Here is the cover that they’ve done for the story:


If you would like to read the story, it is available on Amazon for $0.99. In addition, you can get a signed version of the e-book (that’s right, a signed e-book) by using Kindlegraph. I was surprised to find I already had one autograph request when I checked this morning.

I now have an Amazon author’s page from which this story is available.

And finally, I also have a Q&A with Jamie Todd Rubin discussion board on Goodreads. There are some basic discussions already started there, but if you are interested, feel free to jump in and participate.

I hope you enjoy the new story should you decide to check it out.

Story Sale: “Take One for the Road” to ANALOG

I found out earlier today that I sold my story “Take One for the Road” to ANALOG.  This is my 3rd professional sale, and my first to one of the “big three” and it has made this an incredibly exciting day.  I feel ill-equipped to describe just how thrilled I am to have a story of mine appear in ANALOG.  I always imagined it in the way that a person dreams of winning the lottery, but I’d take this story sale over the lottery any day.

For those following along on Twitter and/or Facebook, “Take One for the Road” is the 4th story that I wrote this year.

At this point, I don’t know when the story will be appearing, but it will likely be sometime in 2011.  Once I find out, I will, of course, post it here.

I’m still in a kind of hazy, endorphine-rich state of ecstasy over all of this.  MY STORY IS GOING TO BE IN ANALOG!  You know whose stories appear in ANALOG?  Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and more recently folks like Michael A. Burstein, Allen Steele, Joe Haldeman and Robert J. Sawyer.  This is just a little too unreal at this point, and I keep thinking I am going to wake up and this is all going to be a dream.

After the story appears, I’ll post a little about its genesis.  Until then, man oh man, has this refueled my tanks.  I’m working on story #6 and now hope to have that completed in the next couple of weeks.  Story #7 is already partially written and I hope to have that done before the end of October.

I love being a science fiction writer!