My First Paid Publication!


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!

30 thoughts on “My First Paid Publication!

  1. Gosh how exciting and what a wonderful birthday gift from the universe to you. It’s fantastic seeing your hard work paying off! So happy for you.

    Oh and of course, happy birthday! 🙂

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    • Thanks Louis! Yes, the timing was very fortuitous. Now I “just” have to send out all those other stories (again, and again, and again) which feels more like hard work than writing the stories themselves.

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  2. Happy Birthday Joy! And happy, happy publication too! So very pleased all your hard work and dedication to your writing has paid off. You are a real student of the craft and now that’s beginning to reap rewards. And there’s nothing like that first paid publication is there – such a vindication when a professional says, ‘yes this writer is good enough to pay’. The amount of money isn’t as important as the ‘yes’. And this is just the start. Congratulations again 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Lynn! Now I wish I had been devoting more hard work and dedication to my stories in the past six months so that I’d have even better news already, but there really wasn’t a choice about prioritizing job-work over that period. Now I have to push myself to get back into the fiction writing swing of things, while still maintaining a pretty hard push at work, too. Oh, and it would be nice to have a social life again too – ugh, what a balancing act!

      I have many friends who have tons of short stories published, so of course that’s who I compare myself to, and feel like this is such a piddly little baby step. But then I remind myself that everyone with a long list of publications started out with just ONE on that list. So, one down, “many” yet to go!

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    • It really is! Much better than getting all those rejections, that’s for sure. It’s true: now that I have one publication, it makes me want lots more — great inspiration! And thanks for the birthday wishes, I had a great one this year!


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