I’m beginning to understand why writers go indie. It’s nearly April and the wait begins again. Writing began in January, originally submitted in February, withdrawn, rewritten, and submitted all over again. However, “Don’t Let Me In” is better, much better now. So, the literary process does have benefits. Time to start writing a new story.
Don’t Let Him Him isn’t going anywhere soon. It’s been rejected. I get it. Thanks to one group of editorial comments I get it. I’ve rewritten it. Time to step away. Read again, rewrite again, and resubmit again. I want this one published! Reset time now.
“Writing is a struggle against silence.”
I’ve finished writing “Don’t Let Him In” at around 6,200 words. Rather than “indie” publishing I decided to try the traditional route with submissions to both print and online literary zines. Now, the waiting begins and I mean a test of my patience as this process can take months. This story has to work its way up the reading chain to the editor or group of editors who will ultimately decide upon its publication. But, the rewards are great if accepted for a first publication. A publication having gone through the review and acceptance lends credibility in contrast to indie publishing. This story will be published one way or the other. It’s just a matter of time.
I am working on a new short story and I’ve tentatively titled it, “Don’t Let Him In.” If it sounds familiar, the idea for the title came from the horror movie that came out in 2011. But, that’s as similar as my story goes. My story idea was triggered when an old boyfriend, from thirty years ago, ”friended” me on Facebook. Much of what had been locked becomes unlocked as I am on a path in an attempt to interpret his reappearance and rapid disappearance and follow the breadcrumb trail he has unknowingly left behind on the Internet. Meanwhile, I face reexamining our relationship. At first I thought it would be difficult to break as a “short-short” story, but I’m at nearly 1,300 words with much more to write. I’ve change his name and locations, but the rest of the story is very real. Stay tuned for the final publication!
I’ve published another short story. This one is free to download. This short story is about unexpected responsibilities of new home ownership as ownership leaves the hands of one family to a new generation. It’s a hometown read.
Next Door Murder is now published on Smashwords. I decided to publish it as a short story rather than part of my collection of short stories. I will be working on assembling that anthology. If you would like to read, “Next Door Murder” it is available for a nominal price of $.99. The story is available in Kindle and ePub format.
Getting started on one of my “retirement” goals as a writer. The world of ebooks has changed publishing your own work. No more submissions to book publishers, magazine editors, rejection letters, and near misses. My goal is simply to have my work read and perhaps inspire or aid my readers. It’s that simple.