Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sale to Aurealis

Current issue, Aurealis
I've lived around Australia - Devonport, Hobart, Darwin, Kalgoorlie. I've worked in the Great Sandy Desert, the Tanami Desert, even the Kalahari. Yeah, I hung out in Botswana for four years, and it was great. But through all of that, I knew I wanted to write, if only I'd had the time, and something to write about.

Well, then my marriage fell apart and I moved back to Australia with the kids. I took on part time work, and an MSc, but I still had a little time to start writing. I'd always figured I'd begin with a little novel, and then quickly progress through the ranks to become the next J. K. Rowling or bigger. Got to aim high, right?

I'd actually written a novel-length MS by then - 2010. It'd taken me a bloody long time, but I had one. I just didn't know what to do with it. So I did what I do with most things I'm not sure about - ignored it. Then one day I sat down at my computer and googled 'sci fi magazines Australia'. Seemed like a natural thing to do, given I wanted to get published as a sci fi writer. At that time, the first three magazines referenced were Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, AntipodeanSF, and Aurealis. And in that order I think.

"Okay." I said to myself. "That's it. That's where I need to get published to get a name as a writer in Australia." Naive, maybe, but as someone without any knowledge of the industry, it was my jump-off point. I didn't know about Duotrope, or Ralan's, or small press/big press. I didn't know ANYTHING. Literally nothing. I didn't even know how to write a freaking short story!

All I knew was, I wanted to sell stories to Google's top three. Well, Chris Large from 2010, I'm pleased to inform you that as of the 9th of October 2012, you have. It's taken you a couple of years, but you got there in the end. Well done buddy. Top effort. You still don't have a name as a writer, but you've achieved your first goal, and that's something to celebrate.

Go get yourself a beer, and have a little sit down in front of the telly.

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