During the last few weeks I have attempted several times to get public response to my short story, “WATER”. I have submitted it to a couple magazines, blogged about it, put it on my website, sent emails to friends, etc., and have had some very favorable responses. For those of you who did take the time to read it, I thank you. Your comments truly warmed my heart.
But the other, more targeted attempts I have made in trying to get the story out there have met with even less than a sigh. Not even a whimper. It is like the world is dead and I am out here at my laptop thinking there are people hearing me, but there is no response. It feels like post nuclear war.
Let me explain why this is bizarre: I did some very extensive searches on the internet for places which hosted inspirational short stories. I also read a few of the works they had available to be sure my short story would be well accepted. Then I submitted by email or form according to the requirements site. I did this several times. These included sites hosted by other Christian authors, sites who promote writers of inspirational stories, sites for ministries, and even an LDS site or two. I also posted to Goodreads and sent out a note to some groups who talk about and write short stories.
But I got nothing. Not a single response. Not a peep. Hmmmm.
I made the effort to do this for 2 reasons:
1. It is a good story, in my opinion. It is very uplifting. So, I wanted to make it freely available to the public, no strings attached. I think it has the power to strengthen a person’s feelings for the Jesus Christ. That is why I wrote it. I was prompted to write the story many, many times. . . the idea would not leave me alone until I finally took the time to do it.
2. I do have to admit, I did hope that if people liked the story, they might also be interested in reading my book when it is released. That idea came to me afterwards, when it was turned down by the magazines I submitted to. I wondered what I was going to do with it.
Whether the story ever contributes to an awareness of my book, it doesn’t matter. I write because I feel compelled to write. And if reason number one listed above is accomplished, the short story has fulfilled its reason for being.
I know, I shouldn’t give up. And I won’t. But it strikes me as odd that nobody in those targeted searches responded. Not one.
I know better than to ask myself this question, but I couldn’t help it. With the prospect of having a book released in March, I am having some of those pre-publication jitters I have seen other writers experience. I am sure there is no cause for alarm. At least not yet. The question still comes to mind:
Will anybody actually care?
If you are a writer, how did you overcome that question? What keeps you trying even though there is a chance nobody will ever read what you have written?
I think I know the answer for myself. I am just curious about what keeps the rest of you going.