One of my first posts after setting up this website was about a story I’d just submitted to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The story is called “The Covering Storm” and I submitted it in late January of this year. A couple months back, I got an email from the editor of EQMM, Janet Hutchings, saying that she’d like to publish it but they had a backlog of stories at the moment. Could I wait until August? I (of course) wrote her back and said yes. August came, and today the contract for the story came via email.
In music, you often hear about One-Hit Wonders – bands that record one really good song, and then fade away. While one of my stories was chosen as a runner-up in the first ever fiction contest by the Journal of Legal Education, and will be published on their website in the spring, I really felt the need to make a second sale. I didn’t want to by a mystery writer one-hit wonder.
Now that load of monkeys (pounding randomly on typewriters until they write “Hamlet”) is off my back. I have not yet heard in which edition of the magazine it will be included. As soon as I do, I’ll post it here. Now I’m going to go do my Snoopy happy dance.