Thursday, September 22, 2011

Advice from Douglas Smith

He certainly delivered...two full hours of advice regarding short stories.

Doug has sold 150 pieces of short fiction in 30 different countries. While he writes mainly science fiction, horror and fantasy, I picked up many tips about writing and selling my work. I was especially interested in his advice regarding foreign markets.  He has sold second rights to many of his pieces previously published in English. And the foreign country takes care of the translation. He makes it sound so easy, the mark of a consummate professional.

I found it interesting that he never revises his work. If a piece doesn't sell, he keeps sending it out. His main advice: "Always have faith in your work. Find a good home, preferably one that pays professional rates (at least 5 cents a word).

Visit Doug's website.

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