Tonight I had one of the best writers I know look over a flash fiction piece I wrote last week, and she said she thought it was good. I don’t think she was blowing smoke up my ass when she said it, so tonight I tweaked a word choice here and there, and sent it out.
This time, I did things with the submission process a bit differently:
- I researched and chose an appropriate market.
- I read the submission guidelines VERY carefully
- I realized that online markets are JUST AS VALID as print markets
Usually, I submit my stories to the big two or three paying markets first, and by the third rejection to a market that is almost possible to break into, I am so disheartened that the story goes back to just hanging out on my hard drive.
The market I sent to tonight is not as well established, and is online only, but it pays a bit. Not enough to party down, but enough to provide some validation.
I don’t know if I will be accepted or not, but I am trying. And with this story, I have a bit more hope. I hope I find out one way or the other quickly, but their return time says three to eight weeks. I will try very hard to not check my email 300 million times a day in the interim.