Issue # 3: 04/01/01
A Theory of Alternate History
first published story appeared in
Jackhammer Ezine on July 19, 1999.
Since then I've sold another seventeen short stories and two
novels, and resold that first publication in a 'Best of' anthology.
That should be success by anyone's standards.
However, even I found myself saying to people, "It's (just)
another Internet sale" with a silent 'just' implied in my tone. Odd statement for someone who is actively promoting the
Internet as a young, but growing, medium for writers. Did I think I
hadn't been successful?
would love to make a paper print sale -- novel or short story.
But that doesn't discount the fact that I've sold well, made a
little money, and exchanged emails with several people who have enjoyed
what I wrote. I've even had
a couple very nice review mentions, and was Ideomancer E-Zine's Author
of the Month for April, 2001.
that wasn't success, would I be any happier with a print sale -- just
because it was more money? Because
there might be more readers? Granted,
both of those reasons have some appeal.
However, I finally realized that my longing to be in paper print
was based more on the hope
I would then be counted as successful by those who still do not believe
in the Internet as a market for fiction.
am not going to be a best-selling New York Times List writer.
Some people will always believe that I have failed to reach an
important goal by never making the list.
Should I still allow that to affect how I feel about what I have
done? I will not be a top
selling SF/Fantasy author either. Not
every author in the genre is, after all. That doesn't mean I'm not
writing an occasional good story that some people enjoy.
here are my 'words of wisdom' for this issue: Don't let others decide
your goals and successes. If
you try to sell something anywhere, and you do, that is a success.
You may have greater successes later, but that doesn't make any
sale unimportant. Decide your goals, and don't be embarrassed when you
enjoy selling material on the Internet.
I'm happy with my sales. There
are several good reasons to
keep trying for paper publications, including more money and larger
readership. And, yes,
prestige. Besides, any new
market a writer breaks into is good for his career.
But for measuring success -- well, I stepped back and looked at
those twenty sales I've made in the last year and nine months.
know, it looked remarkably like success to me.
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