The title says it all: I’ve sold a short story! For money! Granted, it’s not a lot of money, but it isn’t about the money, really. It’s about being recognized, and boy does that feel good.
The story is titled “Market Boy” and… I just now realized that I don’t have a blurb to describe it. Here’s my rough draft: It’s about a girl on the cusp of womanhood who dreams of escaping her demanding, totally-doesn’t-understand-her mother by reuniting with the true love she met at last year’s market, marrying him, and finally getting to move away from home. What she finds at this year’s market is something else altogether.
Look, my name is right there in the table of contents!
The publication is a reboot of Frost Fire magazine, featuring children-friendly fantasy stories, from Alban Lake Publishing. In previous years it was a soft-cover magazine. With a new editor, it’s shifted into a much longer hard-back book anthology, and wow, it looks so professional! This is definitely a real book.
I’ve known about the sale for months, but I didn’t want to say anything until I actually had the book and the check in my happy little hands. Hooray!
And the best part is that the book showed up on my birthday. What a great birthday present! HOORAY! This calls for extra cake! (Oh, who am I kidding? I’ve been eating extra cake since Saturday night!)
This is great inspiration for me. Now that work is letting off a little, I need to get back into sending out stories to magazines again. They aren’t going to get published if they’re sitting at home feeling sorry for themselves, after all. “Market Boy” was my first, and it will always be special because of that, but it will not be the last!