Sometimes things work out just as you planned. I found out today that The Innocent Sink is going to be published by Coffin Bell Journal, issue 2.1, on January 1, 2019. I am extremely excited to have my work represented in such a wonderful publication. If you love dark fiction, do yourself a solid and go check them out. There are some pretty amazing works by very accomplished authors featured in every issue. I consider it an honor to be associated with that group.
The Innocent Sink is one of those stories where everything went right. I wrote the first draft in one day, 5,200 words that just flew off my fingertips. It needed edits – oh boy, did it ever – but the characters and plot were there from the get go. By the end of the week and after four major edit runs, I knew it was ready.
Getting published isn’t a numbers game. When you finish a story and are ready to submit for publication, it is really important to do your homework to find the best possible match. That means reading and adhering to submission guidelines, but also getting a good feel of the other pieces each publisher puts into print, as well. For The Innocent Sink, I had a list of five places I thought would be a good match. Just so happens, Coffin Bell Journal was the top choice on my list.
Like I said, sometimes it works out that way.
There is more good news on the horizon, but today is all about how excited I am that The Innocent Sink has found the perfect place to call home. It’s a great feeling and a good reminder of why I do what I do.
Got a success story you want to share? I’d love to hear about it, comment away!