The Tick Nominated for PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

My short story THE TICK was nominated by the excellent people at Barrelhouse for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Each journal is allowed to nominate four first-time writers, and there are a lot of journals out there, so the odds are much longer than that graphic implies, but I’m happy just to be nominated. After struggling so long to get anything published at all, to have my first story selected for this is a great encouragement.

Now I need to get back to writing more fiction–and better.

I Now Have An Agent

It’s taken me a while to write this since I’ve been busy with novel revisions and starting a new job, but I now have an agent! I signed with Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates. She will be representing my bronze age epic fantasy novel about class war and sheep-pigs.

Writing novels is all I’ve wanted to do for pretty much my entire life, so you can imagine how excited I am. It still does not feel completely real. Of course, I still have to actually sell a book, but that suddenly seems like a much more realistic prospect than it ever has before. It has gone from dream to possibility, and the path from here to actuality is made up of work.

So back I go to work.