Thanks Scanner and everyone else on Open Salon.
In a nutshell...
As of this morning, Haggard & Halloo Publications, published my flash fiction story “A Sensuous Moment”. It appears with my real first two initials and last name: JR Alonso. Please read it at their site. If you feel inclined, please comment and rate it. (I know I’m self-promoting. I can’t help myself: advertising, marketing and sales is in my blood.)
Now for the back story…
Back in July, our own home-grown and ever popular writer at large, Scanner or Scanman or The Dude, posted “A Thank You Note to Open Salon”. In this post, he thanks all the OS members who have helped him develop his writing skills by proofreading, editing and offering constructive criticism of his work. Why?
Well, around that time, Scanner took the plunge into the unknown and submitted his story “The Mexican Godfather” to Haggard & Hallo Publications. After what he called several nail-biting months, The Dude got published. We all rejoiced at his accomplishment for several reasons.
The first reason was that one of our own bloggers got published (and we all have to root for the home team). The second reason was that it was Scanner. A Blogger, who had never really considered writing before, and joined OS just for the experience, Scanner (who is a fast learner) quickly rose above the ranks as one of the most beloved writers on Open Salon. The last reason: it has always been tough to get published. The Internet has made it even harder for not just unknowns such as me to get published, but it has made it even hard for established writers to get some of the action. There is just too much competition to get published even on unpaid sites such as Haggard & Halloo Publications.
Emboldened by Scanner’s success, I followed him to Haggard & Halloo Publications’ website, and explored it. I even set up a free account with them. I commented on Scanner’s story as well as a few others. For some time, I studied the site. Eventually, I took the plunge and submitted “A Sensuous Moment” which appeared here on Open Salon back in April of 2010.
And guess what? This morning while having my morning coffee, I fired up my laptop and checked out their site. I could not believe my eyes when I noticed that my flash fiction story was gracing their home page. I was truly shocked and awed.
I encourage all Open Salon writers of poetry and fiction and even non-fiction to visit Haggard & Halloo’s site. If you want to submit a work, check-out their guidelines section and have lots of patience.
Like Scanner, I want to thank all my friends at Open Salon especially the Weekend Fiction crew for encouraging me to keep writing.
As some of you know, I was laid off back in December, and I am in the job search mode: nothing has materialized so far. Being published has made my day even if I didn’t get paid.