Most of what I write at the moment is articles and blog entries, ghost written for other people. That said, I have The Novel still gestating and getting written in fits and starts, and of late I’ve also been writing short stories. All well and good, but there comes a moment when you have to then do something with those short stories.
So this afternoon I’ve bitten the bullet and submitted the first of those short stories to a magazine. I made sure to read the submission guidelines, look at what else they publish and most importantly to look at what publishing rights they are asking for so that I don’t lose my carefully crafted tale and characters into a deep dark hole.
We’ll see if anything happens, but I’m forcing myself to assume that it will be rejected and that I won’t even hear about it for between two and four months (the average time the publisher’s site says it takes to respond). The advantage of course is that this now forces me to write some more stories, as I can’t submit the story to anyone else while its under consideration – so that’s good for keeping the pace up as far as I’m concerned.
Right, back to the regular paying gigs before I let myself get wound up about it 😉