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Kicking myself

Now that I'm trying to get into writing more seriously, I'm sort of kicking myself for posting stories to my LJ instead of trying to polish them up and submit them to paying markets. While I don't have any idea if any of them were good enough to actually get published, I still find them interesting (or funny, or whatever) when I go back and read them now. But every market I can find pretty clearly says "we don't want stuff that's appeared elsewhere," even if elsewhere is an LJ with a few dozen readers.

The ones I'd probably try to submit are i can't feel you anymore (flash horror) because yhlee told me it was probably good enough to try submitting, Infested (Lovecraftian humor), and Determined to Win (horror).

Maybe if I friendslock the original entries and spend some time polishing the stories up, I can claim that what I posted was just the first draft. Which it was, in all three cases, and for all three I can easily see ways to improve them. Then again, they're each a one-trick pony, and I think most markets are looking for stories with more depth... but I guess it's maybe worth a shot.


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Feb. 27th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
which was the one about 'squid for dinner'? that's the one that's stuck in my memory.

I think throw on locks and see if things disappear from Google. if they aren't findable there, I'd count 'em as unpublished.
Feb. 27th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
That was Improbable Meals, which is more of a sketch than an actual story, but with some effort I could probably flesh it out into a significant-length story.

I think I'll try the friendslock thing and see what happens.
Feb. 27th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think that one would be an awesome story. On "significant" length: 5,000 is a frequently-seen cutpoint for a number of publications. Stories under 5k have many more markets to choose among than longer pieces.
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Feb. 27th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
If I do try to submit any of them, I'd certainly tell the editors that I had long ago posted a first-draft version on my livejournal, so they'd know about it up front and everything would be out in the open. For "Improbable Meals" specifically, I think the finished product could be significantly different enough to appease the worry of most editors.

I'm considering trying this route because starting by working on an existing unpolished story would be easier for me than making something new up from whole cloth, and I don't have any other good story-seeds lying dormant to work on.

In any case, I've learned my lesson and will keep my best stuff to myself in the future until it's either published or deemed unpublishable. Unless my muse kicks into high gear and I find myself with more great ideas than I possibly have time to write, ha ha.
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