Yes, today is the annual celebration of piracy, although not the literary kind (which still sucks.)
In order to help people get in the mood, I have a new ebook out, A Hand for Each!
This short story was originally published in Shimmer Magazine‘s Pirate Issue (November 2007), and is a historical fantasy about…well, what it takes to be a pirate.
So I’m going to tell you semi-amusing tales about getting this story published:
- I first heard of this issue being planned at the Shimmer Magazine Party at World Fantasy Con a year earlier, and immediately decided I wanted to take a stab at a pirate story.
- Knowing nothing about sailing, I had to research for a couple of months before I began writing, but I got the story in before the deadline.
- The deadline was then extended, because they didn’t feel they had enough appropriate stories.
- The next MAY, I was contacted by the special editor (John Joseph Adams) about making some changes. They turned out to be comparatively small changes, BUT…
- I was in the middle of the OWFI conference that weekend (and I was the organization’s treasurer)
- I was also hosting a writers group meeting in my hotel room
- and because JJA kept saying ‘make it more like POE’, I was frantically searching online for Poe stories to read to try to get the feel the editor wanted. (That was a little difficult, because I had worked hard to mimic the ‘voice’ of Richard Henry Dana for the story…but what the editor wants, the editor gets.)
- I had no idea at the time whether he actually wanted to purchase the story or whether I was spending time that would end up being thrown away.
- But I persisted, and he ended up buying the story (and putting it in the pole position in the issue!)
The hardest part of this whole sales process was that I knew because there were two other pirate anthologies open for submission, there would be a gazillion pirate stories floating around out there, all of which my story would have to challenge if JJA didn’t purchase it!
Anyhow, that worked out, to my great relief!
And now the story is back, haunting you from its watery grave! So go buy a copy…it’s only 99 cents!