Ok, that’s it. I’m done wallowing in slush piles. I’m tired of researching zines to determine if they’re suitable candidates to send my stories to, then waiting weeks (the great ones respond in days; the decent ones within a month) or months for a reply, only to be told that my story isn’t what they’re looking for right now. Even acceptance isn’t a guarantee of publication as zines die if they don’t reach that critical mass of revenue vs. cost (I’ve had that happen to me). Life is too short to keep playing this game.
I’ve tried changing stories in attempts to suit the tastes of editors but that has failed as well. Rather than continue wasting time throwing stories at editors’ walls to see if they’ll stick, I’m going to take all eight short stories (published and not) and put them together in a collection and put it out there for people to read. Maybe the stories aren’t that good, which would mean the writer’s workshops are lying to me. But maybe I’m just not connecting with the particular tastes of editors just as I couldn’t connect with agents for Armistice Day. While AD certainly wasn’t a best seller, at least people read it and the responses I’ve received have all been favorable.
I already know what platform I’m going to publish it on: CreateSpace. But I’ll do that after I try out the Kindle Select program. I saw a potential cover, but I have to decide if that’s the image I want or brainstorm something else.
I’m going to call it We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea after the (unpublished) story of the same name. I played around with other titles but they sounded too maudlin, and the other story titles were too specific. We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea feels all inclusive.
As progress is made, I’ll send out updates. Watch this space.