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This morning I got an email from Lucy Zinkiewicz, the editor for ASIM 57, saying that the volume that has my bookbinder's daughter story, "Bookbound" is now out, and can be bought online.

I'm particularly happy about this one. Not just because it was my first attempt at Middle-grade fiction, but also because it was published in a print magazine, which the story very desperately needed to be. Seriously. There's a reason it can't have been printed in an electronic-only journal. Why? Well, that would be telling.

Continuing my policy of full disclosure for the benefit of other beginning writers: The story was written as a Nanowrimo warm-up exercise in November 2010, first reviewed by my recently-abandoned writing group at anticiworkshop in March 2011 (thanks, cerealboxreader, slcard, tryslora, and arwensouth), and was originally written for Tesseracts 15. Problem is, I was aiming for YA (that was the theme), but ended up middle-grade, so it was definitely not a good match. Nor was it a good match for the next 7 markets. Well, it was for ONE of them, and I got one of those "wow, we really loved it. What a great story. But no, sorry," rejections. Actually, a couple of those.

I've tried to write to order a few times since, and each time, it's been a miserable failure. I can't seem to write a bug story for acwise's JUE (five attempts, now and only one was even buggy enough to consider), I can't seem to do that sorcery poem for HFQ, and my attempt for Tesseracts 17 doesn't resemble what I set out to do AT ALL (luckily, there was no theme, so I sent it anyway, even though I don't think it has a chance).

So maybe all my protestations that you have to follow your creativity are simply an affirmation that I'm not really capable of doing anything else. Which makes it simple for me, because all I have to do is write and then find a market for what I've written....

Hope they exist. Anyway, I have been told that the selection of stories for ASIM #57 is particularly good. Lucy spent a lot of time on it, and so I'm looking forward to reading it when I get my copy. The copy that will be mailed from the other side of the earth....

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slcard
May. 2nd, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy this one found a home. Can't wait to tell Rocker Boy. He's going to be so honored to have read it!

Congratulations, my friend.
barry_king
May. 2nd, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hi, TwoClubs! Yes, thanks for letting me borrow your child's brain for a while. It was helpful, indeed!
peadarog
May. 2nd, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks!
arwensouth
May. 2nd, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
So glad to see this one has made it to print. And e-print. :)

As far as writing to spec, I'm thinking it might work better to write the stories first, then find a market for them later. There are lots of markets out there, after all.
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Still, it's a skill that's worth developing. I suppose I should begin with editing to spec. Been doing that with the poetry.

Actually, I've got a trunked document that was really kind of outré. Somebody suggested a total rewrite from the secondary character's point of view. I might try that as a writing exercise.
asakiyume
May. 3rd, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
I must get a copy of this issue--haven't done so yet, but intend to.
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Do you read ASIM often? I've only read a couple of issues.
asakiyume
May. 3rd, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
No, never have! But with you and theferrett in this one, I'll have to start.
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
I was really impressed with the last (10th anniversary) issue. A lot of interesting stuff in there. And it was refreshing, since I hadn't read more than two or three of the authors before.
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
And I thought I'd add theferrett to my f-list, while I'm at it.
asakiyume
May. 3rd, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
He keeps a good blog!
barry_king
May. 3rd, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I see that. I'll have to read his story when I get my copy, too.
barry_king
May. 7th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yep... waiting.... I think it'll be some weeks.
acwise
May. 4th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the publication! I think I've read a version of that story (if it's the one I'm thinking of) and I very much enjoyed it!

I selfishly hope you'll find your way into writing a JUE story one day, but I agree that in many cases it's better to write the story first, and find the publication for it second.
barry_king
May. 4th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Which reminds me. I see that "Tasting of the Sea" found a home in Shimmer. Excellent well, and well done! Beautifully melancholy, I remember the version of it being.

And I selfishly hope I can come up with something, too. Ever since you announced Grump's Journal, I've been saying "I want to get something in that."

Anyway, I can feel something brewing. If it turns buggy, I'll be sure to send it your way.
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