Writing Wednesday: Finishing Up My Short Fiction

Last Week’s Goals

Three blog entries on posted as scheduled.

I managed to get all my available stories out to market, but “Lasting Impression”  returned, and so far all the markets remaining for it are temporarily closed (sadly, that was permanently in a couple of cases), so I’m waiting for some openings so I can send it back out. Literarium << https://literarium.net/>&gt; is still working well for finding markets and keeping track of my submissions.  – it makes it a lot easier to find new markets to send them back out to.

I failed my weekly fiction quota, producing only 2,130 words. I wrote on five days, and only made my daily quota once. The final draft of “Too Much of a Good Thing” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #9) is a 25,294 word novella (that makes my quota of ten “short” fictions in 2021 complete) and will be my next release (scheduled for November 12th, but I may move it up.) I also wrote another flash fiction for my writing group  – “And a Little Garlic” is 775 words, but I may revise it and send it out as an eleventh story.

Even with that, I should be done writing short fiction and starting back into Swordmaster: Deception by this weekend. I just realized that I never set a goal for the novel other than finishing the first draft at the beginning of the year, so I’ll play it by ear for now. First I need to read both Swordsmaster and the rough draft of Swordsmaster: Deceipt, then look over my notes from February and see what other changes my rereading will suggest. Then I’ll set an objective for the first revision.


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 fiction
  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 far, I don’t see a downside, so I’m giving it a try with a dozen of my stories to see what kind of pennies I pull in. You can check them out here:


The concept seems to be picking up speed. I’m going to keep with it for all of October before I decide whether it’s worth expanding my stories on the site.

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!

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!


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