Lame or valid? You decide

If you were asked to provide a resume (say, to an agent) that included your “publications,” which ones should be included? Is it best to just leave the space blank if you aren’t contracted with Simon and Schuster? Or even with Poisoned Pen Press? Or is it a judgment call as to whether to put in certain anthologies from small presses and so forth? What about academic publications?

I ought to do a poll here.

We won’t even mention the novel (although it WAS INDEED the first runner-up in the 1996 Warner Aspect First Fantasy Novel Contest and did predate Harry Potter as a longish YA fantasy containing a wizard who runs a school) or the various other messes. That goes without saying. (Although I do so wish there were some way to move that one from Invisible to Visible.) And forget about contests, I know; I’m not even going to mention the Benchley contest, as (once again) it was judged by non-NYC pros and did not result in a publication credit.

Anyway, I suppose it should be considered a good sign that an agent would like to see this list. I’m not so sure it doesn’t merely embarrass me, though.

Still waiting to hear back from that author. I fear she came to my journal (as I advised her to–I told her I wouldn’t grant an interview to any site I hadn’t read through) and decided it wasn’t good exposure . . . it wasn’t a good idea . . . it was too much trouble. Perhaps she was afraid that I would try to argue with her about WHY it might be that people newer to writing have a better chance of publishing than old fogies like me, who have been doin’ this so long that many of the conventions acceptable Way Back Then are now no-nos. I wouldn’t have, but anyhow she could have gotten that impression or been scared away by some other eccentricity of mine.* So it goes.

[* Moi? Eccentric?]

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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