Last year, I had my story “The Tattoo Artist and the Barefoot Bandit” out for submission. Usually I’ll send a story out to several places (providing, of course, that they accept simultaneous submissions) and hope for the best. Often I get a stock rejection letter, and sometimes I’ll get a letter telling me what was good about the story, even though the magazine in question is not interested in publishing it. But this time around, I got a letter from award winning poet Mark Halliday stating what was good about my story, and ways he suggested revising it so that it might work for the magazine The New Ohio Review.
Mark graciously worked with me through several rounds of revisions to shape a story brought out some of the qualities he saw in my original work, but were still slightly unformed. It was an amazing experience, and after the revisions, my story was accepted to the magazine.
It was published this month. I am proud to share the pages of the Fall ’13 New Ohio Review with many amazing writers, including the US’s Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Very exciting!