Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"...we have chosen your fiction submission..."

That's right! I got my first acceptance!

*does backflip*

My short story Shipwreck that I posted in April was accepted at flashquake, an online publication, for their Summer issue. It will be online from June 1st through the end of August and I'll post a link as soon as it's up.

In addition to finally having a writing credit to include in my upcoming query letter to agents, I get a CD of the issue AND five dollars!

Six editors vote on submissions and they included their comments in my email. The three that said something beyond "Yes" or "Maybe" said the following: "Engaging", "Beautiful, magical story", and "Nicely told".

I know this isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly made me jump up and dance!

37 comments:

Penguin said...

Congratulations Melanie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey, you are a writer. I told you so, but now others have also.

I am very happy today. This is very good news.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks!! It was definitely a nice way to start my Monday. I opened the email right after I write yesterday's post, otherwise I would have announced it then.

WendyCinNYC said...

Still happy for you! Yay!

Christy said...

Wow that is VERY exciting news. Congratulations - so happy for you!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Wendy and Christy!

EMC07 said...

Totally awesome!! Congrats! Publication is always a big deal :)

Melanie's Mom said...

See -- I may have jumped the gun a bit, but as your mother, I KNEW you were a writer! $5 isn't going to support me in my old age, however, so you need to get cracking!

Janna Qualman said...

Nope, it IS a big deal. Congrats!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks ladies. And I know it's a big deal, it's just not THE big deal. :P

Mom, I'll see what I can do.

ac said...

That's great news! You must be so excited.

Please let us know what you spend your $5 on. I'm always interested to know what writers do with their first payday.

Amy Sue Nathan said...

((BIG HUG))

Congrats from Chicago!!!

Stephen Parrish said...

Well done. Today Flashquake, tomorrow the world.

Jenna said...

Congrats Mel!

Melanie Avila said...

AC, that's an excellent point. It will most likely be groceries since my parents deposit the money in my account and I only use my debit card at the grocery store.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Amy & Jenna!

Stephen, let's hope!

Pam said...

Congratulations, Melanie. Doesn't this mean that now you're not just a writer, but an author?!

That's exciting!

Melanie Avila said...

Pam, this means I'm sort of a writer. Author comes with a book publication. :)

Turkey Lurkey said...

*Brings the male hula dancers to celebrate with Mel*

Awesome! Congrats Mel!

Nadine said...

I'm so excited for you!! And just to help you celebrate, I think I will have a glass of wine tonight. Or two... :)

CONGRATS!!

LurkerMonkey said...

Congatulations! That's a HUGE step in the journey!

And p.s., your mom is too funny.

Katie said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting.

Robin said...

Yay!!! I want to jump and dance with you! That's terrific! :)

Melanie Avila said...

Turkey, I knew I could count on you!

*shakes booty*

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, thanks for helping me celebrate. :P I just sent Ibis for beer at the store across the street. It's really for the Wings game, but I'll say it's to celebrate. :)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Lurker!

Yes, she's very amusing. :)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Katie & Robin!

Travis Erwin said...

Woohoo! Congrats.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Travis!

gypsyscarlett said...

Much congrats!

I really am so happy for you. It *is* a big deal. First sales always are. Be proud (you earned it!) and treat yourself to something extra nice.

Benjamin Solah said...

Congrats! That's a pretty big milestone! Hope to be following by making that one soon too!

Let us know when it's up so I can read it.

Pink Ink said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!

I hope we can see a link up soon.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Gypsy! I don't know why I always try to downplay accomplishments, but I do. :)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Ben & Pink!

I'll post a link as soon as it's available.

Joe Barone said...

Congratulations, Melanie.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Joe!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

any sale is brilliant. enjoy!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks SS@S!

And what an honor to have you stop by. :)