Author Archives: Michael Johnston

About Michael Johnston

Father of a fifth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-six years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

Writing the New Project

I’ve spent much of the last few days shaking off the 2016-2017 school year.  It wasn’t a bad year, as teaching years go, but it still takes a lot out of you. But, it’s over, and now is the Writing … Continue reading

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Reporting from the Query Wars

Queried: 38 Agents, 3 publishers Form Rejections: 30 (28 Agents, 2 publishers) Requests for Partials: 5 (all agents) Personal Rejections: 3 Still out: 3 Agents, 1 Publisher Neither publisher got past the slushers, near as I can tell.  And that’s … Continue reading

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Tor Books Submission Reply (Spoiler: It’s a no)

Which is to say, “We are sorry to say that it’s not right for us at this time.” Which I expected. Still sucks. Okay.  Back to it. But later.

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What I Want as a Writer

Every writer has a dream of what they want for their career.  For some, it’s riches (ha!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!), for some, it’s getting a place at the table that is SFF Publishing and fandom, and for others it’s fans. Me?  I … Continue reading

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The Home Depot Loop

Almost every time I decide to do a new home repair project, I end up going to Home Depot multiple times. No matter how much research I do, no matter how prepared I think I am, my initial supply run … Continue reading

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WIP Progress

After a writing dry spell in which I simply couldn’t focus enough to write, I’m finally moving forward again.  The Year of Rage, which may be a standalone but is meant to be book one of Rage Across the Stars, is … Continue reading

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What I Need to Keep Writing: A Realization and a Resolution (and a tiny bit of whining)

When I attended Viable Paradise 17, back in 2013, I got a massive shot of “YES, YOU COULD BE A PROFESSIONAL WRITER OF FICTION” juice.  And that kept me going, when I got home, so that it took me about … Continue reading

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