Earlier this week I received an acceptance from Thematic Literary Magazine about a piece called "Mustang" I wrote in college. They were the twenty-second magazine I sent the story to. Definitely a testament to the necessity for patience and persistence. They are a new magazine that publishes both in print and to e-readers monthly. The upside here is, unlike my previous fiction credits, I will be seeing my story in physical print. However, like all my other stories, I will not be compensated for my work. I'm not a professional yet, but I'm very pleased to see my work finding some appreciation. I believe it will be featured in the July issue themed "Independence."
Then, just now, I got an e-mail from an e-zine I've praised before on this blog, Every Day Fiction
, and they too want to publish one of my scifi flashes. This one, titled "Blood Oath," will appear on their website sometime in the next two months. I love getting responses from them because their editors and slush readers always write several sentence of criticism each. Turns out an acceptance is even better; five members of their editorial team commented on my story! If you're a writer and in need of a break from the form rejections, submit to Every Day Fiction.
So, with the novel still underway, it's safe to say I'm getting some legs under me publishing-wise. I'm going to try to find some time to write more short fiction or at least finish some of the many stories I have that just need some tidying up before they're ready, but I have to give the novel my full attention if it's ever going to get done. Most likely I'll build up my supply of short fiction between this draft and the next.
There is one other issue. Though I have not yet been paid for my work, I now have a variety of credits to my name, including a story coming to print. Is it time to change the name of this blog or start a new one altogether? "Eric: Published" is lacking much. "Eric: Unpublished" is cute, and might do in a pinch, but this is something I'll have to give more thought. I have to say, it's a fun problem to have.
Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm teetering on the edge.
My story, Death Dance, was accepted for publication and is, for today only, on the front page of 365 Tomorrows. After today, it will be available in the archive. This is my third story published by them. They are a non-paying, web-online publication with an eye for excellent science fiction under 600 words in length. There are also a lot of cool comments about the story in the forum.
Half a chapter away from being half through with the second draft of the novel.
Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm an unpublished writer.