My first professional sale released this week, a short story in Fiction River: Time Streams. And while an exclamation point on that last statement seem appropriate, it doesn’t quite match my personality and seemed oddly lacking when I tried it out, almost lonely. But do know, I am thrilled.
For those of you that don’t know, Fiction River is a new anthology series by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch that releases every other month. Each volume is themed and contains some of the best fiction around. That isn’t a self-serving statement. A number of the authors are well-known, seasoned pros. The volume I am in contains stories by (in alphabetical order, too hard to rank order them): Lee Allred, Scott William Carter, Robert T. Jeschonek, Mike Resnick & Lou J. Berger, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Michael A. Stackpole, J. Steven York.
And if that weren’t enough, the volume also contains new professional writers on the rise; writers I am honored to say I know personally and admire: Ken Hinckley, D.K. Holmberg, Sharon Joss, and Michael Robert Thomas.
Honestly, it’s all bit heady for me to be included in such company. And then I got to read the other stories … .
I was pleased with my story “The Highlight of a Life” when I wrote it; thrilled when it sold; and humbled when I saw the company it would keep in Fiction River: Time Streams. To know my story will rest alongside such great fiction is deeply satisfying and a reality check for me.
It’s my first professional sale and Fiction River is professional in every sense of the word. If you’re fond of time travel stories, then this volume is definitely for you. If you’re fond of well-written engaging fiction, then this volume is definitely for you.
It was a great experience for me, from writing the story to the editing process for publication to reading the volume. It was wonderful.
I can’t wait to do it again.