Writing Wednesday: Returning to Swordsmaster: Deceit

Last Week’s Goals

I posted my three blog entries on schedule.

I had two more stories return from market, plus I completed revisions on the last two stories I’ve written, so I had to find four markets to submit to. It’s really helpful that I can finally log my submissions and responses in Literarium – it makes it a lot easier to find new markets to send them back out to.

I made my weekly fiction quota, producing 4,394 words of fiction. I wrote on all seven days, and only missed my daily quota once. The final draft of “Getting Personal” is 2,737 words, “Travel Advisory” is 825 words. The second revision of “Too Much of a Good Thing” sits at 25,352, and I also wrote a 982-word flash piece for my writing group.


Swordsmaster4The experiment with having Swordsmaster exclusively on Amazon through Kindle Select was a failure – I believe I’m better off distributing through as many patforms as possible rather than just one. Swordsmaster is no longer a free read through Kindle Unlimited.


Simily.co is a new platform for selling short stories. I discovered them through a posting on LinkedIn. The principle seems to be similar to Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited, where members (current fee is either free or a reduced amount as they start up) and authors get a small payment for each reader who looks at their story. There are two main differences between this and what Amazon does:

  1. This is only short fictionCloseEnoughCover
  2. The author’s story doesn’t have to be exclusive (with Amazon’s scheme, you have to be exclusive)

The author retains all rights to their works, and can withdraw at any time. So DredgingThingsUpCoverfar, I don’t see a downside, so I’m giving it a try with a couple of my stories and see what kind of pennies I pull in. I currently have twelve of my stories on the site – you can check them out here:


I have twelve stories posted there now. Their membership isn’t growing very quickly, and my 2-cent per read royalties aren’t piling up very quickly. I’m probably going to keep with it for all of September and October before I decide whether it’s worth my efforts.

In the meantime, I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!

Leaving Short Fiction Behind

This week I’ll begin the final revision of “Too Much of a Good Thing” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #9.) Once I finish it (most likely sometime next week) that will complete my quota of ten short fictions in 2021. That means I’ll be returning to Sandrik and Swordsmaster: Deception.

I have a lot of apprehension about this return, to the point that I’m tempted to start on Detective Jimmy Delaney #10. But the longer I put things of, the harder it will be.

It will have been almost eight months since I finished the rough draft, and I don’t remember much of the details. What I do recall is that I knew I had a lot of revising and rewriting to do (there’s a six page document I’ll need to review to help me remember my thoughts from back then about what I needed to change.)

Deception is more intimidating than the original Swordsmaster was, most likely because I spent close to forty years thinking about the original, whereas Deception has only had a little over a year to simmer.

Being a PANTSER means that I really need to have the story firmly in hand (and in my mind) or the revision will turn into something totally different (and less coherent.) I’ll probably need to reread Swordsmaster as well for the sake of consistency.

Novels – especially series – are such a long process. Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For information on my current promotions (including the FREE Presale and reduced price preorders for Cats of War III, my participating books in the 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, as well as FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!


or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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