Last month I submitted my first short story for publication. I decided to submit short stories after having several agents tell me that my novel was well written, and engaging, but would probably not find a publisher since I was a no-name. After that my strategy became to publish some short stories before submitting my novel again.
I’m excited to announce that my short story was accepted for publication in an online literary journal, “gravelmag.com”. Gravel is published by the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. My story will appear in the October issue. I’ll probably put out a link and share it once it’s published. It was a personal story, nonfiction.
Here’s what I noticed about this piece after it was accepted. I found several sentences that I was (even more) unsatisfied with my punctuation. The one word that I never felt was quite right in the story now seems like it doesn’t belong at all and glares at me as if it’s in bold print.
I have since submitted a short fiction story and found myself editing between every submission such that everyone receives a different version. I used to write software, and it was never finished and that’s how my stories feel. Anyone who uses the WINDOWs operating system knows that it gets updates every week or so, and then eventually they just build a whole new version of the same story. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could build auto updates into our published stories?
I believe a story is like that. It seems that if we sit on a story for a while we update it with new thoughts. I often wonder if it’s due to evolving thoughts as the world and our perspective change, or just from letting the story simmer. I’m afraid if I ever do get my novel published I’ll want to change the story before it hits the press. I guess that wouldn’t be such a bad problem.