by Catherine Giordano
I received three acceptances in one month . I've already posted about my acceptance into two anthologies: Not Your Mother's Book--On Parenting and "It's a Crime." The books will be relased in September 2013 and October 2013, respectively.
I also had an essay accepted last month by The Florida Writer, a magazine published by the Florida Writers Association. The magazine came out last week. My story is entitled Yellow- Bird. It a nice piece about a special moment I shared with my son on his 21st birthday and how the song "Yellow Bird" brought me back to my own youth.
There's an interesting story about this acceptance. One evening I received an email from the editor of the magazine saying she could not accept my story because I quoted from the song. Did you know you can not quote more than six words of a song? I didn't. I quoted two lines and that doomed my essay. I quickly rewrote replacing the quoted lines and resubmitted via email with a note saying I hoped that it wasn't too late to be considered for publication. It wasn't.
I've submitted to The Florida Writer three times and been accepted three times. Dare I try for a fourth. Yes, I must submit again because the theme for the next issue is a brief encounter with a stranger and I have at least a half dozen pieces to fit that theme.
I have these pieces because I'm working on a book to be titled People I Have Almost Met. It will be a collection of essays about brief encounters with strangers. I started doing it as a blog, but I discontinued the blog because some publishers will not accept previously published work. And "previously published" sometimes includes blogs.
So I will dig out those essays and spiff them up. The deadline is July 1st so I after to hurry. My day job pays the bills, but it limits my time for writing.