Just signed my first publishing contract.
Well, I was kinda hoping that my short, War Stories, would be published first, but such is the publishing industry. First up will be an blog post entry in a contest for Tales Out of Miskatonic University. Fortunately it's with the same editor (::waves at William::). He thought my little flash pieces there was worthy to make it in. He also felt some twitter-fic I did was also good enough.
The payment is one contributor's copy and the possibility of royalty payments. I knew that going into the contest, so there's no surprises there. I entered the contest because it was fun and happen to think William is a hoopey frood. The little pieces I did were a blast to write and let me try a few things I hadn't done yet in a short story. The twitter entries were extra and it was interesting trying to tell a story in less than 140 characters. At best I think I made competent vignettes, but looking at the twitter-fics they have posted on Twitter, they didn't get much beyond that either. Again it was an opportunity to experiment and have fun. And what can be better in life that doing something you're having fun with and then have somebody else say, "Hey, that's kinda good."
So my first publishing contract is signed and in the envelope waiting to go out in the mail. Hopefully after this fall if I'm a panelist for any other conventions I'll have something to stand on the table. :)