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?]