A Contest for My Tiny Little Cash Cow

— July 22, 2011 (16 comments)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Winter 2011
So it's not really a cash cow, but while Air Pirates fights its way through the query trenches, "Pawn's Gambit" is still over there making money.
That's right, you guys. Those selfish requests I made? You totally stepped up. Thanks entirely to you, my first-and-only pro sale is going to be printed in Beneath Ceaseless Skies' Best of Year Two Anthology. And I'm going to pay you back the only way I know how: with a contest.

Leave a comment, and one of you will randomly win your choice of the following:
  1. $5 for Amazon or Barnes and Noble (enough to buy, say, the anthology when it comes out in the fall...if you wanted).
  2. A critique of a query letter and/or the first 10 pages of a novel.
  3. A sketch of anything you like.
The winner will be announced Friday morning, July 29th.

I feel a little silly celebrating every little dollar this one story makes, but when you're in the query trenches, you gotta take what you can get, aye?

And anyway, as long as I'm going to have a patron, I'm glad it's Beneath Ceaseless Skies. The art, the stories, the editor...that magazine is a class act all the way. If you haven't already, go check it out (besides, it's free).

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  1. I don't want to sound silly, but my exuberance over this issue exceeds my inclination towards verbal acrobatics: in other words, Dude, Celebrate every success!!

    We don't blame you for being excited. I get excited every time I'm Mentioned on Twitter. I get excited over every entry I got in my Hero Games contest I'm running. I get excited when I've got a new comment on my blog. Actually making successful progress in publication? I daren't dream!

    No, my friend, celebrate your victories, no matter how small, for the victories of children eventually bring us to the successes of adulthood. Congratulations, and thanks for the new resource. :)

  2. Success by any other name is still...ummm, success. Or victory, triumph, etc. if you really want another name for it. Celebrate away! Congratulations!

  3. Wow, congrats on your sale! You should totally be celebrating! This is awesome and I'm so happy for you. :)

  4. Congratulations, Adam! This is awesome. I don't blame you one bit for your excitement.

  5. Congratulations! I have just started reading this blog for help with my writing and it's great to see someone succeed in the tough market that is out there today.

  6. Woo hoo! Celebrate and many congratulations! I agree with Sid. It's important the rest of us see someone "winning" in this rat race, so go for it and have fun.

  7. Yay for you, Adam! I voted for your story! I'm so happy it's being included. Hooray!


  8. Congrats Adam. Did I read an excerpt of Pirates? Seems I remember a freebie or something in another e-zine several months ago. It was fabulous, as I recall.

    Ceaseless sounds like a great e-zine. I will check it out.


  9. Congrats! And thanks for introducing me to BCS.

  10. way to go bro. Now I want my prize money.

  11. Congratulations! It's good to celebrate every positive step :-)
    And good luck with the querying.

  12. Congratulations!! That's so exciting. I voted for you :). Hope the querying is going OK.

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  14. Congrats! I'm so happy for you! And I want to win this contest! Would it help if I promised a $4.99 kickback?