Author update

It’s been a while since I posted in here but it’s something I’d like to revive so I thought I’d start off with a quick update on me and my writing.

I’ll start with the fantastic news that I’ve had a drabble accepted by Black Hare Press, in their Dark Moments (Lovers) theme for January, which can be read here:

This was an unexpected but awesome surprise and gave me some faith that this year could be full of big things! It’s always a challenge to write a whole story in exactly 100 words and I’m honoured that they liked it enough to publish.

In other news, I have now parted ways with my longtime agent, so both Master Hunter and my as-yet-untitled maybe Space Opera novels are in limbo while I work out my next step. I would like to pursue traditional publishing with these two so I’ll be submitting and querying agents fairly soon.

I am currently researching self-publishing with the intent to produce and publish a collection of my sci-fi horror stories later this year. These will include The Long Sleeper, Blossom, Sleeping Dogs, Tunnel Rat, and a short novella (as yet untitled). If you’ve read any of these (or parts of them) you should this won’t be a comfort read! All these are complete and I’ve been busy tweaking them to get them in shape for a professional edit. I still have to iron the kinks out of the novella and then I’ll be good to go.

Otherwise, I’m making sure to submit regularly, taking a course on short stories with Curtis Brown Creative, reading plenty and starting to lean away from straight-up horror, which I wrote a fair amount of last year. I bang on about space enough that it’s time I took it more seriously, so expect to see more sci-fi stories out of me as the year goes by.

Besides all that, I’ve applied to uni for this September and am busy job-hunting so I have some pennies to shove into my projects!

I absolutely suck at self-promotion still so I’m going to try to update this regularly. It might not always be creative work. May chuck in the odd review and rant just to get a feel for posting again. Let me know if you’d like to see anything in particular and thanks for reading if you made it this far!

(Image credit: Ryan Hutton on Unsplash)

Published by authorandrewjackson

Author who writes primarily in the Thriller and Science Fiction genres. I specialise in the dark and the weird, and like to keep my readers on the edge of their seats. Occasionally a poet, which I have had some success with publication and local competition prizes. I've recently finished my first novel, and am in the long process of editing and sending to beta readers. Looking to connect with fellow writers and give and receive feedback on works.

2 thoughts on “Author update

  1. Sucks that you’ve parted ways, but wishing you well on your writing journey post-agent! And yeah, self promotion is a tough thing to learn as writers, I can totally relate with you on that. Either way, here’s to find our paths!

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