I wrote yesterday’s story a little bit over a year ago, in early September of 2022, in preparation for the Ink At The Abby writing retreat. The people I workshopped it with thoroughly enjoyed it. Elizabeth Hand, in a focused one-on-one critique, said there was nothing she could suggest to improve it, suggested we discuss my next professional writing goals as a better use of our time, and said she’d be surprised if it didn’t find a publisher.
Really feel this post. This is why, as I work on writing a (non-fiction) book, I'm publishing chapters as blog posts as I go. Not exactly first drafts, but not quite finished product. Once I get to a finished state who knows how long it might take to get into print, and maybe that would be too late, so better to get something out there than nothing as I see it. I'm not writing a book to make money, but to spread ideas, so whatever makes that possible is what is important.
I hope you keep at it! I just went to the (free!) Brooklyn Book festival and there was a really great energy there. Lots of small publishers, author booths, and speaker panels. A lot of money was being spent and it didn't feel like walking through a dying industry.