Thanks, Writer’s Market!

I bought the Writer’s Market 2009 book on eBay a few weeks ago. I only recently got it in the mail, as items shipped from the US take a while to arrive to Italy.

Do I need to mention how big a help this book is revealing to be?

Aside from magazines that accept freelance writers, I found at least a hundred publishers for short stories, Sci-Fi novels and novellas that accept online submissions. Manna from Heaven!

I don’t care the book is a 2009 edition. I understand the need for update, as new publishers are born every year, but I can get the updates from the Web version (which I’m going to subscribe to on January/February 2012): all I could afford NOW was the 2009 edition, which is packed with a lot of good advice and great publishers anyway. I’m looking up a few this week.

Short Stories Update

Between articles and reviews, I use a ten minutes of my day, every day, to continue my short stories.

I’m a few pages from the end of Evergreen, and I’m developing a plot for the InTheSnake.com short story mag.

Also, my recent visit to Canon.ca inspired a short-short story (a short story that’s less than 1,000 words) about a little robot that was designed to be a portable camera —yes, it was a Canon camera to inspire that.

Join me at Writing.com? :) I’m new there, but it’s a good community for writers, like MyWritersCircle.com. I love both.

Kindle Kash Contest – I won 3rd prize!

Incredible, but true: my <1,000 words short story Soul Healers won 3rd prize at the Kindle Kash Contest held by MyWritersCircle.com!

If you’re interested in reading the story, here’s the link: Soul Healers by Luana Spinetti.

Contest Judge’s Comments

I enjoyed reading this story, with an unexpected upbeat twist to the end of the tale.
While finding Aliens is far from original, it was well done.
It was well written  but there were a few minor punctuation issues.
The word “Kindle” was seamlessly incorporated in the story. So much so I didn’t spot it at first.
The SciFi aspect was good.

Two short stories

Working on two short stories: one for InTheSnake.com magazine, one for a contest on MyWritersCircle.com. I’m not sure which one I will finish first, but I hope I get done with the contest one soon, as it expires on September 1st.

I’m also getting on with my reading list. I’ve read – and finished reading – 8 books this month. Not bad. I might be reading a few more in September, hopefully.

Two months to NaNoWriMo 2011. I can hardly wait!