So, the first draft of my second novel is done (!!!), two brillitantissimus friends are reading/editing for me (thank youuuu Dana and Jill!), and now I have to figure out what to do next [*she trembles*]. Methinks I should try to conquer the world of traditional publishing [*she takes deep breath, downs her whiskey*]. As I previously blogged, the odds getting a novel published are only slightly better than the odds of me becoming a natural blonde. But whatever.
One thing evvvverybody says it’s important to mention in a query letter is where you’ve been published. And apparently, that means “traditionally” published. I gather that agents will find my history in self-publishing as impressive as a cardboard house.
Hmmm. So. Now I’m thinking I need learn how to write a kickass short story and then get it published somewhere, STAT. Which I’m thinking might have slightly better odds than novel publishing or natural blonding. I found this amazing site that lists all kinds of short story contests and grants for authors: http://www.pw.org/grants?sort=asc&order=Deadline&apage=*&perpage=*
But I’d love any additional suggestions anyone has about where to publish a story. Alternatively, I’m open to suggestions re: who to bribe to just get my arse published already, because this publishing world is a monster. And not a cute cartoony monster.
Ok, mwwwah, happy weekend, you are cute.