Several years ago, I wrote a post on my personal blog, Being and Formulating, about my “Modest Success” as a writer. It’s interesting looking back at that post and seeing what writing progress I have made since.
At that time, I had a few poetry publications and was touting the fact that my story, “Drunk Monkeys,” had won an honorary mention prize in a Writer’s Digest contest. The poetry publications were in small literary magazines (including one with photocopied pages and a hand-drawn construction paper cover), but I was, and am, still proud that any of my work has gotten published.
Although I didn’t mention it in that post, I also had a few professional articles published by that time.
I would still say my success has been modest, but I have made positive strides in the seven years since that post. In that time, I have had four short stories published and released a self-published collection of short stories, Kindred Spirits. The collection contains two of the stories, “The Day When JoAnna Cowley, Without Warning, Quits Her Job” and “There Must Be a Full Moon,” which had appeared in literary magazines, along with the aforementioned “Drunk Monkeys.”
I had also self-published a novella, which I have since pulled because I plan on doing something else with a revised and expanded version of it.
You can find a complete list of my creative writing publications here.
Although eight publications over the course of two decades doesn’t sound like much, I am proud of my modest writing achievements and hope to continue to build on that success.
Getting published is difficult. As with most writers, I have received colossally more rejections than acceptances. But rejection is part of the process. Persistence is key.
Although I find writing to be satisfying in and of itself, getting outside validation is an added bonus. However, I have to admit to getting a slightly bigger thrill out of seeing my work in an actual print journal rather than online despite the fact that there’s probably a chance for more readers with something online.