Monday, July 24, 2006

My First Time

Well, after about 25 years of writing, I have finally had the guts to make an offical submission of one of my stories to a literary magazine. I know this may sound silly, but for some reason I have never had the balls to take this step with any of my stories or poems. Well, when it comes to my poems there is good reason: they suck hard. But some of my writing is not all that bad.

My goal is to be an author and not just a writer. Writing is something you are, like being white or being straight--you can't do anything about it. I write because not writing is harder. But attempting to write well has taken something that I have very little of: discipline. I am one lazy bastard when it comes to the hard work of getting my stories polished up enough to let them out of the house.

The story I am currently trying to sell is "Cowboy Up," which some of you may have read in a previous version. I have more projects in the works and am trying hard to start getting paid for writing so I don't have to get a real job. This way I can be lazy and successful at the same time.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Jim Duncan said...

This was followed by my first official rejection letter...


Dear Jim,

Although we won't be publishing this particular piece, we do thank you for sending "Cowboy Up". It was a good read. We're not able to give specific feedback, but please take a look at Editors' Input for some ideas. Again, we appreciate the opportunity to read your work!


Anyone interested in publishing literary fiction should check out Gillmer Train. They allow online submissions and pay well for stories they publish. I'll be sending them first shot at some future stories.