Well, this is weird. This whole project was envisioned as a path to publication. Write ten stories, get better at it, start submitting in earnest. This week I jumped the gun a little bit by getting a story published online and two others accepted for publication! One I can’t officially mention yet, I think, because it’s not technically official. Soon.
First, my flash fiction piece “Permission” was run in 365 Tommorrows on April 8. While I don’t know if this is technically a “publication” in the strictest sense of the word, as it’s a collaborative online project and not as much a magazine, I’m still giddy. You have to submit and get accepted to have a story featured there. Fuck it. I’m taking this.
Second, I got word this morning that my story “The Leviathans” was accepted by Nebula Rift! Woot. Nebula Rift is a paid publication, and does so in a novel way. Rather than per word they pay lifetime royalties from online magazine sales. The money isn’t important to me here, as you can’t make a living writing short stories. I think the standard “professional” pay rate is 6 cents per word, which means that “The Leviathans,” which took me two weeks to write if memory serves, would pay 300 bucks before taxes at the professional per-word rate. More, it’s about the validation. If someone thinks they can sell what I’ve written then I must be doing something minor-ly right.
Third, I got another flash fiction piece tentatively accepted but it’s not official yet so forget what you read here.
Oh, I also got a speculative fiction poem, “Fertility,” accepted by Apex Magazine last week. So it’s actually four in two weeks. I fully expect a bus to hit me on the way home from work tonight.
Anyway, I didn’t post a flash fiction Friday, and I really fucking need to. Getting some sort of validation was a great motivator. Also I really need to start reading more, religiously, but that’s for another post.