Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Short Story Publishing News

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I received news on three of my short stories.

First, a story I entered into a Women on Writing contest, didn't place, but I got my evaluation back and received a 13 of a possible 15 points in rating, so I'm pretty happy with that. Jeanette, that was for Adrift - I'll send you the evaluation, because I think you'll find it interesting.

Another short story was rejected by a magazine, but according to Duotrope's Digest (my new favorite website), that magazine accepts less than 5% of submissions, so it was a long-shot anyway. What makes me feel good about this one is that most of the reported rejections (on Duotrope) from that market are rejected within 7 days. They had my story for more than 30, which makes me think that perhaps they were considering it.

And finally... drumroll, please... I had a short story accepted to the Cynic Online Magazine! Yay! This one was my last assignment for the free writing class I took at the beginning of the year. It'll be posted in their July 1st issue. I'll link to it when it's published.
I have two other submissions out right now, and I'll rework and then submit Adrift and the other story that was rejected. Oh, yeah, and I entered the newest Women on Writing contest as well - so that's another story out there.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

In other news, the edit on my novel In the Shadow of Olympus is coming along well. I have an electronic post-it note on my desktop saying it needs to be ready to send to readers by August 16th (Brian's birthday). So that gives me a solid goal to work toward. I've been editing one to two chapters a week (going over each chapter three times). When I get that edit done, I'll do another read-through and make any further changes. Then I'll be looking for people to read it for me and give their opinions/critiques.

Oh, and I made a title change to that one, it's now called Breather.

Okay, that's all. I'll update when I have more news.


  1. That's terrific! Rejections are life's blood, lol. Acceptances are even better.
    What do you mean it's now called "Breather?" Is that the subtitle or have you changed the whole novel to that title?

  2. I'm really happy with the acceptance. Yay!

    I chose the name 'In the Shadow of Olympus' just to have something to call the book as I was working on it, but was never in love with it. Last night, when I couldn't sleep, it came to me that Breather would be perfect. In the world the MC ends up in, Breather is a racial slur that he hears far too often.

    Another novel I worked on a couple of years ago, one that is nearly 100,000 words and not quite to the end, still hasn't found its title. It's file name is Aislin's Story. LOL. Ah well. That's one I really do intend to finish writing some day.

    Thanks for leaving a comment!!

  3. Wow, Amy. I haven't been by for a while to check on my blogging friends and I'm so happy I stopped by here. Congratulations all around - on the acceptance by Cynic AND the rejections. Clearly, if they didn't dismiss your submission sooner than 30 days, they must have been having a hard time making up their minds and in the publishing world, that's a very good sign! Congratulations again and keep writing. I'll be waiting to read your New York Times Bestseller in 2012!

  4. Hi Jackie! So good to hear from you! I've been having fun with the short story writing/submitting.

    I don't check this blog as often as I should, though. Perhaps after summer when life calms down a bit.

    How have you been??