Published!

So y’all <he bites his lip to hold in his excitement> I got a short story accepted for publication. This is my first. It’s a horror piece that will be published in TL;DR Press’s Autumn Quarterly Anthology.  I’ll be appearing with twenty-five other talented authors.  My story, Cheek to Cheek, had been bumping around in my head most of the summer. I’m glad it found a great home. The anthology should be available to purchase soon and all of the proceeds will be donated to The Pilcrow Foundation, a charity whose mission is to provide new children’s books to libraries in rural communities all across the US.

I don’t know why, but I had to think about posting that news. It feels braggy somehow. My midwestern core acts like a magnet with the same polarity as my accomplishment and gently tries to push it away.

That aversion to self-promotion is silly for a variety of reasons.

1) This is something I’m proud of and should be happy to shout at the top of my lungs.

2) As an author, I’m going to have to learn to love (meaning tolerate with a fake smile) self-promotion if I have any hope of building an audience.

3) The only people who will see this announcement are a handful of friends and family and the 342 East European bots that are subscribed to the site who I don’t want to delete because sometimes I get lonely.

I’ll post again when I get availability details for the anthology.

Next week – NaNoWriMo

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