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A Christmas Gift For You!

Published December 21, 2013 by M E McMahon


This morning I got an early Christmas Present.  One of my favorite sites that feature great short stories sent me an e-mail that Alphie Dog Fiction is now offering some free short stories as a gift for Christmas.  When I checked it out, I found that everyone can download these stories for free!

I didn’t want to be selfish so I’m writing this to let all of you know that these great short stories are sitting there waiting for you! You can access them here and then sit back and enjoy!  While you’re there, take a look around and sign up for their newsletter! They’re a great site dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers!

I am a huge supporter of Alphie Dog Fiction (Okay, there are three of my stories available there too.  If your interested in checking them out…go to Authors and look up M E McMahon and BOOM! Mine aren’t free though, they cost about 70 cents to download) and I’m sharing their generosity with you so you can check out their site.  If you’re a writer, you should definitely visit them and see if this site might be a nice, cozy spot for your next story!

So, Merry Christmas from M E and Alphie Dog Fiction.

Yours In Writing,

M E McMahon

Celebration Time!

Published August 6, 2013 by M E McMahon


I am so ready to celebrate!  Why?  Yesterday, I received an acceptance letter from Storyteller Magazine.  They will be publishing my story “The Lady and the Con” in the next quarterly issue.  Yes, people, another milestone has been reached.  I wanted to be published in print and now that is going to become a reality!  I can’t begin to describe the excitement and joy I feel right now.

If you’ve been following my journey towards being a published writer and then a published novelist; you’re aware that I set specific milestones that I want to reach.

My first was to be published, anywhere, any venue, any time.  The thrill I received when my first story was accepted by Alphie Dog Fiction was hard to put into words.  I have now published three stories on this site and am working on the next one.

My next milestone was to be published in a E-zine and I was again thrilled to have Totally For Women accept a memoir I had written.  They are a growing E-zine and I felt privileged to be a contributor.

Now, I will be published in a print magazine…and quite a prestigious one at that! The Storyteller is listed in the 101 Best of the Magazine Markets for 2006-2011, and The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers 2009-2011. Harvard University has now included the Storyteller in their publication, Magazines for Libraries. It is an international publication.

So, as you can  imagine, I am running to my “Milestones” page and add this momentous day to my list of goals I’ve reached in the short time I’ve been writing.

Once again, I have to thank you, my fellow bloggers for all the support and encouragement you have given me.  I never would have dipped my toes into the world of publishing without you.

And, I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  For those of you who are letting those awesome stories hid in your desk drawer..get them out there!  If this old lady can do it–so can you!

Yours In Writing,

M E McMahon

Another Story Hits The Press!

Published July 28, 2013 by M E McMahon


I am so proud to announce that my story, “The Man In The Dark” is now available on Alphie Dog Fiction for downloading.  This is the second story that this wonderful publishing site has been kind enough to accept and I hope you will pay their site a visit and take a look around.

The story is under the “Horror” genre, but it was a true event that took place when I was a child and I wrote it to try and purge the memory of the man who scared me so much that I still have nightmares about him.

It costs only Sixty cents (U.S.) and 0.39 (Pound Sterling) for my friends Over The Pond to download the complete story, but a teaser is given to entice you to buy the story.  So if you have some change jingling in your pocket, I hope you’ll spend it downloading my latest story!  Just click here and take a peek!

I have to be honest with my WordPress followers.  This story appeared in rough draft on my blog site months ago (it’s now deleted and inaccessible) but if you haven’t read it or just want to read it again, please visit Alphie Dog Fiction.

Again, thanks to the publishers of Alphie Dog Fiction for the faith they have shown in my work.  And, my thanks to my readers and fellow bloggers who gave me the courage to start sending my work out to be published.  Without you, my stories would never have seen the light of day!

Looking To Be Published?

Published July 1, 2013 by M E McMahon

animated-eyes-watching-something-go-byYou have your story or poem ready.  You have brushed it until it shines.  It’s as good as it can get and you are now ready to be published.  Hmmm…where to start?

When I first started looking for short story publishers, I spent hours and hours on the Internet.  My eyes crossed, my head spun and I felt defeated.  I would click on one and find that the submission period was closed; another site would tell me they only accepted works from published authors, another site only wanted vampire stories or similar bloodsucking creatures.

I didn’t know where to turn to find a publisher that fit into the genre and word count of my story. So my first step was to check out posts that were in the WordPress Reader under the  Writing Catagory.  A fellow blogger wrote about his success on Alphie Dog Fiction and I jumped on their site and found a home for three of my works.  I was lucky..very lucky to just happen to follow the right blogger (hint! It pays to read the posts, people…lots of free information out there!) but now, having been accepted by one publisher, it was time to strike out and spread my wings.

I had found two publishers that I thought would at least consider my work, as my story fit into their submission guidelines.  I sent them the piece and sat back with my fingers crossed and waited. I’m still waiting…and waiting…and waiting.

The other day I discovered a blogger, Christina Jones, whose site Seventeen 20 is chock full of information and tips on getting published.  How I wish I had found her sooner!  She recommended a site called Duotrope, which is a writers tool for finding the right publisher for their works.  I checked out the site and found a gold mine!

This site makes it so easy to find the right fit for your story, but it doesn’t stop there!  It gives you information such as what the editors are looking for, the speed in which they respond and the percentage of submitted works they accept.  They let you know if the publisher accepts simutaneous, multiple, reprints and do they only accept online submissions or snail mail (oh yes, some still require you use the old ways.)  They let you create a personal list of publishers you find that fit the bill for you.  And, many, many more features.

They do charge for their service…a whopping $5.00 US per month (my foreign friends will have to figure their cost out themselves :)), but they offer a Seven Day Free Trial (which of course, I am using) before charging the monthly fee.  So if you find it’s not for you, you can cancel.  Now, I find that five bucks a month is actually saving me time and money.  I am not paying (oh yes, some publishers require a “reading” fee) for someone to consider my work and the time I save searching the Internet can be spent on the revisions on my novel.

I did look into the other sites that Christina listed, but if you read her post, I agree that Duotrope is the best one out there. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s so simple that even this little old lady can create a list of publishers just waiting for writers like me (I hope).

So if you’ve got a hot little story without a home, check it out.  Definitely pay a visit to Christina on the link above.  For such a young lady, she’s got a lot of smarts!

Yours in Writing,


A New Page In My Life

Published June 30, 2013 by M E McMahon


Yes, today is a big day for me.  This is my debut as a Published Writer.  Wow, it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that a Publisher accepted one of my stories and it is now published on ALFIE DOG FICTION.  My short story “The Confession” was released today and two more stories are scheduled to be published in July.

This is also the debut for my new blog site, “A Dream Come True” which I have created to take readers along on my journey of becoming a successful published writer and (dare I say it) a published novelist.

So, all in all, a really exciting day.  This is the first post I’ve written on this new site and I hope that you will feel free to look around and learn a little about me and my journey.  If you read the pages posted on the blog site, you’ll discover the reasons for a second blog and a little about what I hope to accomplish with it.

Some of you have already honored me by following my personal blog “Grandma Says” and for that, I can’t express how much it has meant to me to be welcomed into your blogs and all the wonderful comments you have shared with me.  I hope you will find this site helpful and motivating in your own personal journey of being a successful writer, poet, photographer or blogger.  A lot of people helped me when I first started “Grandma Says” and now it’s time to return the favor.

So, my first post is to point all of your emerging writers and poets to check out the site of the Publisher, Alphie Dog Fiction.  I had never submitted a story to be published before to an actual publisher, and let me tell you, these old knees were knocking.  But, Alphie Dog Fiction made the submission process so simple and easy to follow.

Alphie Dog does offer payment for each download of your story, so check out their site.  I’m not planning on getting rich from them, but if people start to look for your name, your a successful author!  So, polish up those stories and if you think you have some that fit into this venue, get them submitted.  When published, they are available online, on Kindle or download them to your iPhone.  Neat, right?

Well, that’s all for now, it’s time for me to celebrate!  I hope you’ll check out my new site and for those of you who have been faithful followers of “Grandma Says”, don’t think I’m going to be any less vocal than usual there.

If you would like to check out Alphie Dog Fiction just click here and enjoy their site.

Your friend in Writing,

M E McMahon (aka Cranky Caregiver or just plain old Cranky)

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