I’m a little conflicted as to whether publishing credits really matter when it comes to querying a debut novel. I’ve read blogs that say it matters, and I’ve read blogs that say it doesn’t.
I’ve had two short stories published, but neither in the genre I’m writing now. Of course I complicated things by writing another off-genre story this past weekend. At least this time it was YA, which is closer to the mark, genre-wise (my WIP is middle grade).
Anyhow, this short story has been instructive to me. It’s written, I think it’s good – but it probably could do with some additional polish. And it’s just sitting here on my computer. I own a Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, and yet I haven’t created a list of publications to send it to. Sure, things have been busy – but I am reminded of the cheesy Successories poster: you will always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
I wonder how many completed novels languish forever on computers without being queried?
Time to give’r, as they say here in the East.