I finished my first novel in 2009, and I was lost. I'd never even heard of a query letter. I did my best to read every article and piece of advice I could get my hands on, and back then, everyone said to build a writing career you must submit to literary journals. And I did. Lots of them.
But I've noticed lately that most novelists now don't submit to journals. I totally understand it in many ways. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and our novels are our children. We put them on the pedestal of importance when we have free time, and rightly so. But there are some definite benefits to making time for other, smaller pieces.
Here are a few:
If you're wondering how you'll fit short fiction/poetry into your already hectic schedule, I get it. Surprisingly though, it may be easier than you think. There are times in our days when we have ten-fifteen free minutes, and it'd be difficult to make much headway on our novels in that amount of time. Or maybe you're stuck at the doctors office or are in line at the DMV -- that's when you pull out your phone and start writing. I do most of my short fiction writing on my phone, in fact.
I hope I've convinced you to submit and to experiment with shorter works. You won't regret it. Promise. :)
So happy for friend and fellow daydreamer, Elizabeth Seckman, on her new novel Defying Reason.
Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.
A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.
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Author of FABLED, RED RIBBONS, and OF LOVE & LEGEND // Founder of The Faithful Creative Magazine