I’m sometimes amazed at myself, but I don’t know if I really should be. I mean, for a part-timer, I’ve accomplished something most small press authors only dream about, and in a very short space of time. I’ve made lots of friends and contacts these past few years, and introduced them to other friends and contacts. I’ve helped newer authors get published in print and paying markets. I’ve shared worthwhile publishing experiences and learned lots of beneficial marketing techniques. And if it wasn’t for genre, I doubt I’d be where I’m at today. Proofreading and freelancing! At the same time, I’ve learned stuff about various industries and writing circles, held up a middle finger, and made a handful of enemies. But I’m still here. I keep on trucking. After 340 Publishing Credits I’ve proven to myself that I can work the trenches, and I do it with integrity. When I go to sleep at night my accomplishments seem rather small in comparison to most everybody else, but at least I can stare at myself in the mirror and not look away. I’ve built up a persona and a small fan base — and I have nothing but love and respect for that fan base. I’ve shown many that the Dagstine Recipe not only works, but hey, I sell certain products and entertain the average reader, too.
Some writers herald me as this hero, others a danger to some kind of ridiculous inner sanctum. But when a new writer sends me an email, saying, “Lawrence, thank you so much for suggesting that market. They accepted my story, and I got paid for it!” Then I know I did my job for the day. Matter of fact, I get more enjoyment out of that than my own writing. Seeing other, deserving writers happy.
Between now and next spring you’ll see new anthologies, new webzines, and a ton of magazines featuring yours truly! There’s two collections in the horizon, too. You might see me at a few local signings and events, a few library readings, so stop in to say hi. As I surpass 25,000 blog hits, and 340 magazine and webzine credits, I’d love for you to be here Halloween…and for the next six months to follow…
The milestone celebration begins October 2008, and it lasts for 40 blog entries~ BE HERE!
Lawrence R. Dagstine
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