It’s happened. My first official publication has officially happened. One of my short stories, titled “Fire Alarm Testing,” was accepted into the third volume of the Analekta anthology a few months ago; and it has just been released.
I’m feeling really good about this. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my writing and some advice as to where to proceed from here. Hopefully this is a foot (or maybe a toe) in the door. I understand that the traditional publishing world would really like to see previous publications on the ol’ query letter resume, and with novels being such a large commitment for people to take on, it seems short stories are a great way to break into the market. And it’s excellent practice for me, since I have “issues” with writing short things. I always end up expanding short stories and ending up with a book. But I am having quite a bit of fun writing short stories, in honing the skill of making every word count and to really have a point for each and everything. During NaNoWriMo I noticed that my book chapters were starting to take on the character of short stories, having theme and circular nature. All of these ideas combined create the book as a whole, the little pieces and themes leading into the overall theme and point.
At long last, let me advertise my first publication: “Fire Alarm Testing” can be found here in volume 3 of the Analekta anthology. This is a short story, vaguely inspired by true events, about two individuals searching for what life and self means in the 21st century.