A short little post

Just a short little post with a tiny bit of news.

Today, I received word that the Nashwaak Review, a literary magazine in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will be publishing two of my short stories in an upcoming issue. One story I submitted just recently. It was one of the stories I recently dusted off and submitted. The other story I submitted a few years ago—Yes, that’s right a few years ago—-. I assumed it had not been accepted since I hadn’t received word one way or another.

There’s a very important lesson to be learned here and something to keep in mind:

When it comes to the publishing industry don’t assume anything…

You’ll be proven wrong every time.

In this case I was happy to have been wrong. But these surprises that spring up from time to time are always welcomed.

So that’s my little bit of news. Nothing earth shattering but a pleasant bit of news regardless.

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  1. Laura, I am so happy for you! I have been thinking today that I should try submitting to magazines but I didn’t realize they keep things that long. This is such good news. I know you are pleased.

    You know, it may be a ‘little bit of news’ to you, but if anything of mine were accepted I would be elated. :) (Seeing as it would be a first for me.)

    Congrats!

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    • Usually magazines don’t keep things for that long but a year is not unusual. Generally speaking you can count on it being 6 + months, although sometimes it can even be a few weeks..That’s why I say assume nothing..

      And I am very pleased to have these stories accepted!!

      Thanks, Lynn

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  2. Great news, Laura. Congrats! It’s always so nice when a story finds its home…. ;)

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  3. Nashwaak? Sounds like another Canadian game. It took a few years? Tell ’em you want interest on their payment! Geez, must be a slow readin’ bunch at that place. I could read War & peace in a few nights – if I tried – maybe – but I don’t want to.

    Back to Nashback – or Backlash – is it like Curling? Deb, of all people, was trying to explain THAT game to me. I dunno why they have to be such clean freaks – all that sweepin’…

    Congratulations on getting your stories out there. Really. Not Nashwaakin’ around about that either.

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    • Thanks Dave!

      I believe the name comes from the Nashwaak River, Dave. Although something tells me that explaining this makes little difference to the name.

      Nope nothing to do with curling, although I saw your comments on facebook about curling and I can see why you’d be confused over men using a broom to actually sweep something…The women, it’s understandable… LOL!

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one!!!

      And I agree, I don’t want to read War & Peace in a couple of night either and probably not at all…

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  4. Great news. Gives me hope for a submission over a year old. (Except I look at it now and actually hope it never gets published as is. Needs another revision.)

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    • Thanks Tricia. It’s funny you would mention that because the evening before I received acceptance, I happen to do a bit of editing on the one story I had submitted hard copy. They’ve asked for an electronic version and I’m going to send a copy with the edits. (They are only small changes, something I felt needed to be clarified.) I’m not expecting this to be a problem. So who knows, maybe it’s not too late for you to go back in a make a few minor changes.

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  5. Dear Laura,

    Hooray! And maybe it’s just a little pleasant for you, but I find it plenty exciting–and really, who wants the earth to shatter anyway? ;-)

    Congratulations on placing two more of your stories and thank you for the very needed reminder: “When it comes to the publishing industry don’t assume anything…”

    Happy writing this weekend/upcoming week,
    Ev

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    • Thanks so much, Ev.

      I didn’t mean to sound as though I was minimizing the news! I was very thrilled when I opened the letter. I had provided an email address, so I had expected to receive notification one way or another through email.. (another assumption on my part) When the letter arrived I actually thought it was a rejection. (yet another assumption)

      Every acceptance along the way is exciting as far as I’m concerned and I also need to remind myself to assume nothing when it comes to publishing…

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  6. Congrats, Laura. I’ll take this as a reminder that I really should try submitting something. You never know.

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  7. chezjlb

     /  February 20, 2010

    Congratulations!

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  8. Linda, what I planned to say was (and I’ve corrected it) work “will never get accepted if it’s not submitted” ..LOL! I also had someone else point out my typo…Thanks for keeping me on my toes. It sounds kind of funny the other way. I’m glad you have a sense of humour.

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  9. I’ve just returned home and am starting to catch up on things. I read your previous post and then this one and thought how appropriate the quotation was in relation to this good news: “It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity” I guess sometimes it also takes a long time to bring it to acceptance. :D Congratulations!

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  10. Woohoo! I think the timing of the two stories balance out.

    Thanks for the reminder about the publishing industry. It’s hard not to make assumptions while considering a story for submission or waiting for a response, but those assumptions don’t help.

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  11. Years??? wow!

    Congratulations!

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  12. Congrats, Laura! You’re definitely an inspiration to those of us awaiting a response on submitted work. I know my fingernails would appreciate a quick response but I can wait patiently for a few years if it’ll manifest an acceptance.

    Quick question: Will the stories be available online somewhere to read?

    Warmest wishes,
    Leah

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    • Thanks, Leah! Wait times vary so much but I’m with you. A long wait is worth it if it ends in an acceptance.

      Unfortunately, the Nashwaak Review is a print journal and isn’t on line.

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