Publishing: online vs. in your hands

Well, 2023 is off to a good publishing start. My new short story, Night Drifting, is featured in the latest edition of Variant Literature magazine. Working with the editors there was a pleasure! Meanwhile, Cathy’s new story, The Marx Hotel, is out in Drunk Monkeys magazine. We’re both tickled to be getting our new work out there.

Both of these literary magazines are online publications, though Variant Lit also has a book publishing arm. Online publication has some nice perks. Stories are easy to share, to promote, and to post on other platforms. They also tend to be free to readers, for the most part.

Cath and I have published both ways, and I can’t say that I have a clear favorite. How about you? Do you prefer to click and read or hold your story in your hands?

Let us know! And keep writing, friends. It could be your best year yet.




Defining success…for yourself

As writers, we all have our own version of the “finish line,” that place or achievement you reach that makes you feel validated in your craft. Getting a byline on an article? Publishing a story or poem? Publishing a book? Finishing a first draft?

One thing you learn pretty quickly is how fluid and subjective these milestone moments are, and how critical it is to undergird your success with principles and good practices if you’re in this business for the long haul.

Cathy and I are grateful for the new opportunities we’ve had this fall to showcase our new work. Cathy had her superb new short story, Henry Whitmore, published by Parhelion Literary Magazine in October. And my new story, Night Drifting, was just accepted by Variant Literature for publication in January 2023.

Readerviews, which offers a menu of services for authors, recently posted a short piece on defining success as an author.

I hope it’s helpful.