What does it means to have a story published? Here’s 7 aspects.

1. Gratitude

I feel grateful my publisher considered my story worthy of publication. It meant she saw potential in my writing.

2. Trust

In submitting my story to the publisher and in trusting her with my work, it meant allowing myself to trust the process she asked of me. It was a journey in itself. Making requested changes meant trusting the judgement of many people in the industry who were involved in the pathway to publication.

3. Team Work

Working with others is vital in any industry. As the editing process unfolded, it was wonderful to develop trust in the editor. After completing the editing process, I have a greater understanding of structure; an increased awareness of how to show rather than tell; a stronger sense of the intricacies of punctuation, and an affirmed knowledge of publication standards of layout.

4. Joy

The quiet sense of achievement and joy in receiving my box of printed books was tinged with magic. I enjoyed reading the whole collection of stories and seeing how cleverly the stories linked because of the writing guide we were asked to follow.

5. Marketing

Learning what it takes to market at book. Seeing quality ads created. Mini movies. Considering bling to go with the book. (Some authors do this, some don’t.) Marketing, in my opinion, began with the request for submissions, for immediately an audience of others was being built. Of course, marketing to the general public takes on a much more comprehensive approach.

6. Launch
A Facebook Paw-ty replaced our planned launch, due to social restrictions at the time.

I’ve physically attended many book launches. Four of those were of anthologies which included my stories and poetry.  Some were in real time; some via Zoom; some via Facebook. Each type of launch has its own merits, yet the one I prefer is actually face to face, where I get to talk to with readers, and connect through conversation. With the anthology launch occurring during our period of social distancing and isolation, a Facebook launch replaced our planned get-together at a venue.

7. Post Launch

Signing copies and personalising a message.  Mailing out orders. Always with a smile. A very big one. For my story is out there, in good company with others’ stories in the anthology, giving pleasure to our readers.

You can order your copy Paw Prints of Love here.

Acknowledgement: I acknowledge the use of images provided by Gumnut Press.


Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

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