So, I did it. I took the plunge and have started submitting a story to hopefully be bought and published.
I spent a fair amount of time plotting and planning, finding markets that would be amenable to my story. I researched their guidelines. I read samples of their work. Tonight, I sent it out to the first of my selections.
I’m going to start with “pro” markets (markets that are the most high paying but the most competitive–these are also markets that, if accepted, could make me eligible to join the Science Fiction Writers of America). From there, I’ll go “semi-pro” and then to simple “paid” markets. If I get no takers, then I’ll either make some adjustments or publish it here.
I’m hopeful, of course, but also know that it’s a one-in-a-million shot; especially here at first with the “pro” markets. But I’ve started on the path. Now it’s a waiting game. I guess I’ll just pass the time creating new stories.