Honeymoon Period – a crime short story

edgeofcrimecoverlI’m a huge fan of Nordic Noir books, TV series and films, which is why I couldn’t resist writing a crime story for Norwegian American, a weekly English-language newspaper with a readership of over 20,000 subscribers.

Many of the stories in my collection Edge of Crime could be called Nordic Noir-ish, so I enjoyed writing a new story called Honeymoon Period. That story appeared in the October 7 issue of Norwegian American. It’s also published on their website, along with other short stories that are either set in Norway or have crime as the genre. I hope you will check out my story on their website if you like reading short stories.

Honeymoon Period by John Moralee

Flight – a flash fiction anthology

flightfrontcoverNew Release: Flight – a flash fiction anthology

Writing flash fiction can be tougher than writing something longer, because you have to condense a story into a very small word count without losing anything vital. No unnecessary words. No digressions. No detailed character descriptions. Just story. Personally, I like the challenge, which is why I’m excited to be in a new collection of flash fiction called Flight. The book includes my story Rendezvous With An Angel, plus the work of over a hundred authors, each contributing a science fiction flash story under 300 words.

Information from the publisher:

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Author: Various

Cover & Illustrations Artist: Mila May

Length: 33.6 K

Format: ebook, print

Release Date: General release 9/21/16

Price: $4.99 eBook, $12.99 print b/w*, $24.99 print color*

*Book contains 5 illustrations inside.

Flight contains flash fiction by the following writers: Colton Aalto, Kiterie Aine, Odin Alexander, John Allenson, Tam Ames, R.R. Angell, Bran Lindy Ayres, Jeff Baker, Jessica Bansbach, J.P. Barnaby, Capri S. Bard, Jonah Bergen, Michael J. Bode, L.M. Brown, Marie Brown, Michelle Browne, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Iona Burnfield, A.M. Burns, Katelyn Cameron, Hank T. Cannon, Foster Bridget Cassidy, Skylar M. Cates, H.J. Chacon, M.A. Church, Rebecca Cohen, S.A. Collins, J. Comer, Ross Common, Elliot Cooper, Gretchen Crane, Jase Daniels, Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Avery Dawes, Zev de Valera, Bey Deckard, Jana Denardo, Nicole Dennis, Kellie Doherty, Jude Dunn, Tray Ellis, Rhi Etzweiler, Thursday Euclid, K.C. Faelan, Christina Mary Francis, L.E. Franks, J.R. Frontera, Liz Fury, Elizabella Gold, Ofelia Gränd, S.E. Greer, M.D. Grimm, Jenna Hale, Kaje Harper, Qaida Harte, Saxon Hawke, Kelly Haworth, Cheryl Headford, Valentina Heart, Jaylee James, Jambrea Jo Jones, Michael M. Jones, Ryvr Jones, Ellery Jude, Jon Keys, K-lee Klein, Jennifer Lavoie, A.M. Leibowitz, Mario K. Lipinski, L.V. Lloyd, Clare London, Meraki P. Lyhne, Lloyd A. Meeker, Eloreen Moon, John Moralee (me!), Christopher Hawthorne Moss, E.W. Murks, Rory Ni Coiliean, Jackie Nacht, Thea Nishimori, Bealevon Nolan, Alicia Nordwell, Mathew Ortiz, Nina Packebush, Donald Qualls, Kirby Quinlan, Mann Ramblings, Loren Rhoads, Jojo Saunders, Brent D. Seth, L.M. Somerton, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Paul Stevens, Ginger Streusel, Jerome Stueart, Julia Talbot, Jo Tannah, Natsuya Uesugi, T. Allen Walton, A.T. Weaver, Missy Welsh, Eric Alan Westfall, Brandon Witt, Alexis Woods, Christine Wright, P.T. Wyant and Victoria Zagar.

You can buy Flight from many retailers, including:

Amazon US, Amazon UK, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo and soon at Smashwords and Apple.

The books is also listed on Goodreads.

Zombies for Halloween

ATZ book of zombies

This week I found out my short story The Skeleton has been accepted in a new horror anthology called Tricks, Treats, & Zombies – a collection of zombie stories published by ATZ Publications for Halloween, edited by Jeffrey Clare.

The other contributors are Eric A Shelman, Katy Walker, Chris Philbrook, P Mark Debryan, Aria Michaels, Brea Behn, DD Vangarde, Jay Wilburn, Suzanne Casey, Bethany Hagardt, James Dean, Laurie Lane Mault, Richard Correll and Amy Bartelloni.

You can learn more about this on Facebook from All Things Zombie.

Update October: The book is now released on Amazon.

Tricks,Treats & Zombies US

Tricks, Treats & Zombies UK

Five Reasons Why Having A Story Rejected Can Be Good

Cartoon about writing and rejection.

Five Reasons Why Having A Story Rejected Can Be Good

Nobody likes having a story rejected, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day.

Here are give reasons why it can be good:

1) You’ve found out the typical response time for that market. If you don’t get a quick response, you can be waiting months to send a story to another market, unless you do simultaneous submissions. The longest I’ve had between sending a story and receiving a rejection is three years. (By which time I had completely forgotten what I’d sent off.) I’m still waiting for a response for a story sent off last year. Being in the limbo state of not knowing is worse than getting a negative response. At least you can move on then.

2) You get the satisfaction of knowing you completed a story, which can be sent off again. With some slight adjustments, a rejected story can be targeted at a different market. It’s pretty easy to add or delete a few words to make a story fit into another word count, as long as you have the basic story completed. I recently turned a 2000-word story into a 1500-word one by pruning away every unnecessary word. I think the redrafted version is better, but I wouldn’t have done that if the first market had not rejected it.

3) You might find a better market for your story elsewhere. Using the search system at diabolicalplots.com is an excellent way of searching for alternative markets. It allows you to search for specific genres, pay rates and other criteria. (It’s free to use.)

4) You have more time to improve your manuscript. Just don’t change things for no good reason, though. A rejection doesn’t mean anything is wrong with a story. It could be rejected for any number of reasons – like similarity to an already accepted story, budget limits, name recognition and commercial viability. I like to revise rejected stories after a decent period has gone by, allowing a fresh perspective.

5) You don’t have to worry about filling out a contract with all of your personal details, then finding out it’s just a scam to get your bank account information.

Personally, I’m sometimes relieved when I get a rejection. Having a story accepted is very stressful, because it means I have to do more work.

I believe rejection isn’t the end – just a bump in the road. I recently read that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected 121 times before finally finding a publisher.

After acceptance, it sold over five million copies.