|Since I don't have any photos related to writing, I leave you with this picture of a fox that my sister took back in January. Isn't he cute? He lives in the woods by our house.|
Any other aspiring writers out there?
I want to be a novelist someday and I think (with a lot of hard work), I'll do it (someday). But for now, while I keep working on my manuscript, I thought it would be a good idea to try and get published anyway. Not with a novel, but with a short story. After all, any sort of publication is a great accomplishment and something I can add to my resume when I do (eventually) go searching for an agent.
So about a week ago I took a short story I wrote a couple years ago, one that had already been through one round of editing, and polished it up to the best of my ability. Then, with my Short Story & Novel Market book in hand, I made a huge list of literary magazines that fit my genre/style, reduced that by at least half (because so many of them don't read submissions in the summer), and started applying.
I ended up submitting to 7 different magazines and plan to submit to about 5 more in the course of the summer (three that require hard copies and two that won't accept until June or July).
It was a little scary getting started and sending out that first submission, but I feel really great now. Like I'm more of a writer. I'll be a true "writer," I think, when I get my first rejection :) Not that I'm excited to get a rejection, but . . . Okay, I kind of am. And with 7 submissions already out there, I think I've got a pretty good chance of one rejection ;)
I only wish I didn't have to wait for so long (because who knows how long it'll take them to reply? Some say they could take 6 months or more!). And mostly, I wish I hadn't waited so long to start trying. I could have done this years ago, but I never felt qualified for some reason.
Anyone else a writer out there? Have you submitted many things for publications? Did it go well? Did it take long? Did you frame your first rejection letter? Can you tell I'm a little excited? :)