Any author gets excited about being published. This is especially true for someone like me who started writing seriously late in life. No matter how good the manuscripts, it is difficult for the beginning author to catch the attention of an editor or an agent. To be honest, some of my early work was substandard. I suspect it is that way for all authors.
I recently learned about a web site that promotes short stories. Weekendreads.com is a relatively new site that offers short stories in an e-book format. Back in my youth, almost all magazines had one or more short stories in them. This gave patient’s at the dentist office something light and entertaining to read in the waiting room. Because it was fiction, it did not matter how old the magazine. Except for in literary magazines, short fiction is difficult to find so there is developing a market for short stories in e-book format. Now the patient in the waiting room can pull out his or her reading device and enjoy a short story while they wait.
Of course, that presumes there is a short story downloaded on the reading device. Now short stories are available not only for the dentist office, but also for filling those gaps in one’s weekend. Perhaps that is why it is called Weekend Reads. Reading a short story does not require the reader to devote hours to a 80,000 word book.
I submitted a romantic short story to Weekend Reads. Yesterday, I received a contract from them. The story Love Your Red Hair will be on the market within 4 months.
Love Your Red Hair is about a cancer patient you yearns to be reunited with a man she used to ride with on the commuter train with and about a author who is looking for the woman who inspired his first book. Of course cancer and time have changed both their appearances.
I hope the e-short story is out soon for you to enjoy.