After an impressively long list of rejections in the later part of 2013 I got a YES.
I had become so used to ‘unfortunately it’s not right for us, good luck placing it elsewhere’ …… yeah, ‘good luck’ is right!
In a sea of blue flags [yes, in lieu of printing them out and impaling them on a spike a la Stephen King, I mark them with a blue flag in my mailbox] I nearly missed a yes from ‘The Paperbook Collective’. An added pleasure is that it is an international magazine which originates from my own country, Western Australia ………. which is a VERY long way from where I live, but it is in my country.
Interestingly, the story is not one of a group of stories that I have been trying to sell but a story which I also have great affection for. I had submitted a shortened version of it to a competition that required a ‘weather’ theme. I changed the name of the story so that it reflected the theme, and I guess it was on my mind when the opportunity to submit to The Paperbook Collective came along.
It was included in the January edition and it arrived in my letterbox [my actual mailbox] and I have spent a bit of time just staring at it.
I know this must sound crazy to those of you who have been published many times but to me this is special.
I have been published a few times over the past few years but always for non-fiction essays.
This is my first piece of published fiction.
My muse was a bit annoyed with me for not making more of a fuss, but truthfully, I was just enjoying that lovely warm feeling that comes when things start to come together.
Fast forward to the start of this month and I am entering a short, short, short story competition and I get an acknowledgement from the editor. Not an automated letter but a personal note wishing me luck with my entry in the competition. Then the good bit……….. would I like to submit a longer piece “on a subject of my choosing” for consideration.
WOULD I EVER!!
I sent in ‘Rosie’s Diner’ and they loved it………. no more blue flags for Rosie!
The story went live yesterday and Rosie looks very comfortable in print [electronic print this time].