So yes, I now have one acceptance up on the Short Story Submissions Scorecard. I’m not getting paid for it — it’s a web-only market and except for a handful of ads on the sidebar, non-commercial — but it’s a flash story only 599 words long, so I don’t feel like I worked too hard not to get paid.
I picked up the acceptance email on my Blackberry while I was in the back of a taxi in Los Angeles, stuck in traffic, so it was not an opportune time to do the happy dance. In fact, since I’ve been back I’ve been too busy to do the happy dance at all. Hang on just a sec.
There, that’s better.
I did email & call Mrs. Unfocused, and there might have been maniacal cackling; I don’t recall. I can’t wait for it to go up on the site, but I have no idea when that will happen. When it does, I’ll post a link, anonimity be damned. I want to drive as much traffic to it as I can. Until then, I’m not going to say who accepted it, because I don’t want to jinx it.
I sent one of my rejected stories out again the night I got home, and was able to add to my usual cover email, “My story ‘On the Job Training’ was recently accepted by…” which sounds great, but didn’t change the result — the story was rejected 11 hours later.
Congrats on the acceptance! They’re worth three rejections, so you’re up by two. :)
Hey, that’s great! Congrats. I’ll be waiting for the link to go up. Enjoy a nice drink while you savor the acceptance.
That cackling just slips out sometimes, doesn’t it?
Congrats! I’d do the happy dance with you, but this room attacks me.
Congratulations! There’s no better feeling in the world than that first acceptance (any acceptance, yeah, I know, but the first is an especially happy one). And I know what you mean about not wanting to jinx it. I didn’t allow myself to believe mine would actually be published until I saw it in print. It’s also important to your self-esteem, since someone unrelated and otherwise unknown to you has appraised your work and decided it’s something they want to put their stamp of approval on.
So, congrats again, and I can’t wait until its up and we can all see it.
Thanks, one and all. I’ll post the link in a really large font when the story comes up, I promise.
And Jenifer, if the room attacks you, there might a be connection with all the zombies at your blog. Just sayin’.