I’ve set a tentative goal to submit my suicide short story to about 2-3 literary magazines in late February. It’s been through 8-9 drafts so far, but it feels like it’s almost there now. I need to write the final draft in a week or two and then let it rest for a week or two before submitting. It was my first real short story of original fiction (prior to this I had just written fanfic), and there was a lot of stuff about writing I didn’t even know I didn’t know. Now I know some of what it is I don’t know, so I guess that’s progress, maybe XD It feels kind of weird to still be working on this thing (though I took a 4 month writing/reading hiatus for my new job), but hopefully my next short story won’t need such a grueling editing job. Although my next short story won’t be told from the POV of a dying man having delusions, so that already makes it easier.
Apparently you need a cover letter which freaked me out a bit because I don’t know of a good way to summarize my story or the reason I wrote it without sounding too emo or macabre. It looks like you don’t need to go into detail though. The story is more about finding peace and redemption than it is about suicide, but it’s a sensitive subject, and I don’t want to upset anyone with my cover letter.
I’m also in the process of coming up with a pseudonym. For now I like the name Ella Hall, but that may change in a week or two. I love the name Ella, but I’m not sure about Hall. I’ll probably dedicate an entry to why I’m not publishing (more like attempting to publish XD) under my real name, but that’s beyond the scope of this entry. For others who are curious or in the same boat I found some helpful articles on the subject.
Links to Helpful Blog/Articles About Cover Letters:
If anyone has another good resource about this issue, please share 🙂