Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Kicking In The Window
I've certainly kicked in my fair share.
A few years ago, after wallpapering my office wall with rejection letters from agents and editors, I decided to submit a few short stories to magazines and online publications. I was so glad I did. That experience was like a shot in the arm for me personally and professionally.
It was nice to hear, "Wow! I loved your story. Got any more?" Lest you think it was all wine and roses, I certainly heard plenty more of "Thanks, but no thanks" but it kept me going.
While magazines and online publications pay very little, if at all, it was still a good way to make new contacts, get new perspectives on my writing and, yes, even get published every once in a while. It was also a welcome addition to my agent query letter when I could close with "I've had short stories published in X and Y." Now, of course that doesn't mean a hill of beans unless the query knocked the socks off an agent but perhaps it gave one or two of them pause to request a partial or a full of my manuscript.
What about you? What have you done to kick in a window? Anything unusual or not so unusual that you can recommend?