Thursday, August 5, 2010

What do I do with this?

Seriously. This is not a rhetorical question... What do I do with this information?

My new four-part serial short story "La Luna" began in Woman's Weekly (a UK magazine) this week. As I posted last Friday, the editor wrote about it in her Editor's Letter, which I didn't see until yesterday when I received my contributor's copies. Here's what she wrote:

So... OMG! (and I don't use that expression lightly, because, honestly, I just can't pull it off.) Seriously, this magazine has a circulation of 350,000 every week and a readership of 570,000. So even if only half the readers take a look at the contents page, that means almost a quarter of a million people just read my name and really nice comments about my story.

Now aside from the fact that this gives my ego a boost it could really use after all the rejections that come from querying a novel, there has got to be some way this can work in my favor, right?

I've posted this on my web site (if you haven't already checked it, go ahead and look -- I've got a stat counter and it makes my day when I get visitors). But I'd love to hear from you marketing experts if there is something else I should do to with this development. Should I mention it in my query letter? Include a hardcopy of this page when I send out paper copies? Hire a skywriter to reproduce it in vapor? Get over myself because it's not that big of a deal?

I'd love to get any suggestions people have. Remember, there's no such thing as a bad idea! Thank you in advance for your help.


  1. Besides jumping up and down with glee (GO YOU!!!!!), I would totally put it in my query letter!

  2. I like the idea of a skywriter... ;) But more seriously... I think you should mention that your four-part serial was published in the magazine and received a mention in the Editor's column (or something like that). I fear that sending a hard copy would be overkill, though. Oh and before I go... Congrats!!! :D

  3. Thanks for coming by! Yes, I'm pretty excited. I just hope that it ends up being useful.

  4. Wow, that's wicked. I'd have it blown up, photocopied and used as wallpaper.

  5. That's so awesome! I'm going to buy a copy. And I would definitely make a small mention of it in a query letter. I think that's appropriate.

  6. Kay, I've seriously thought about it! I could at least paste it over a few of the R's I've gotten on the novel.

    Amber, I wish you could buy a copy but unfortunately, it's only available in the UK. I'm considering setting up an import business...