|Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM|
My story “Patron Saint” has been picked up by the United Kingdom publisher Spinetinglers, winning the organization’s monthly contest for July. That means my story is live on their Website as you are reading this. If you'd care to take a look, visit http://spinetinglers.co.uk/ViewStories.aspx and go to the “please select category” drop down menu and click on July. The story also will be published in Spinetinglers annual print anthology, due out early in 2012.
I gotta say I'm starting to love the international fiction market place. As any writer will tell you (at least United States-based writers), the writing life is built around rejection unless you're named Stephen King, John Grisham, or David Baldacci. You send your story off, wait several months (or longer), then generally get a form rejection -- or worse, you get nothing, as if your story fell into a black hole. I've managed to see a few of my stories in print or online over the years, but for each publication there are probably dozens of rejections.
My experience with international markets, however, has been quite different. Perhaps I've been lucky, and admittedly my numbers are a small sampling that could change for the worse pretty quickly, but I have submitted exactly six stories to international markets, four of which found their way into publication. (If you're really interested in trivia, I'm one for two in Australian submissions, two for three in Canada, and now one for one in Great Britain.)
My experience also has been that these markets generally respond quicker and pay faster, too. Spinetinglers, for instance, responded to my submission within a month, it was published within a week of the acceptance, and I had payment in-hand within 48 hours of publication. That's hard to beat! As a bonus, the exchange rate from British pounds to American dollars is a nice little perk.
Anyway, that's my big news for the day – publication in Spinetinglers! Go on over, take a read, and if you're so inclined slip back here and leave a comment.
Thanks for stopping in.