Friday, March 30, 2012

Walking to the Shop - PUBLISHED!

So the good news is, I AM OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED!

By this I mean that someone at SpineOut magazine decided that a short story I had submitted to them, 'Walking to the Shop' was good enough to go into the latest edition. I am so excited by this... and it still doesn't quite feel real.

The bad news is, I have been unable to access it. Why? SpineOut is an ONLINE magazine, right? Well...

Let's start at the start. When I went to submit this story, I had to fill out a form, and some of the required information was which school I am from. I submitted this short story some time in December, if my memory serves me right. I hadn't heard back so I'd accepted that it hadn't been good enough. Today - three months later - one of my school teachers walked past me during one of my study periods and said:

Miss D: Hey Bonnee, I just read that story you got published online.

Me: Yeah? Which one? (this is me thinking that she had found my FictionPress or Wattpad account...)

Miss D: Oh the one about the kites and the homeless man.

Me: Wait... WHAT?!

She showed me the email with the link, and opened the link up for me, and there was my name and my story on the latest online edition of SpineOut magazine. I jumped on a computer and tried to access it myself... which failed. I couldn't get to it. So my teacher sent me the link. And it's not working.

So here is the flood of emotions: Overjoyed, because, hey, I just got published, this is brilliant! I want to cry, because I cannot for the life of me access it! And I'll admit I'm a little confused... why didn't they email me to say that they were publishing me? What was the point of asking for my email address in the submission form if they weren't going to use it? I found out through a teacher; they emailed the school. I didn't give them the school's email, I gave them mine... they only had the school's name... hey, I'm not complaining by any means, I'm just confused... and so excited... my head hurts... gah...

If anyone knows how I can access this stuff, please let me know, I want to be able to share a link that works with the world!

Lots of love and I'll let you know if I find access to it myself.
- Bonnee.


  1. This is so good!! Congratulations!

  2. Wow, congrats! Thanks goodness your teacher saw your story and accessed it for you. I guess an email must have gotten lost. Buy YAY, you're published!


    1. I don't think it got lost, it was just sent to my school instead of me. That's why she was able to access it. Hmmm... Oh well, I'm published, that's the main thing :) Thank you for your support!

  3. Actually, yeah, did you check your junk mail folder? That's always the first place to check for emails you think you should have received. If you can't find one, you should contact someone about why you weren't contacted.

    As for the link, it's kind of hard to say without seeing it. Maybe you should post the link on your blog...

    1. I did check the junk folder, nothing there... :( But the school got an email about it, so maybe it's because this thing is supposed to be done through the school rather than individual authors. Oh well...

      And I think I figured out why I can't use the link. I think there must be some way to subscribe to the online magazine, now I just have to figure out how to do that...

  4. Firstly, congratulations on getting published! Even if you can't access it - strangely! - it's a great achievement. Looking at your response to Andrew, I think I'd agree with you and say they went through the school instead of the author. Which is weird, but hey, at least you found out eventually. Maybe it's just one of those things. I wish you luck in trying to access the site, and hopefully next time you get published you won't have any problem trying to access your own work!

    Also, I like your blog. Expect to see more comments from me in the future (:

    1. Thank you very much :) I'm glad I got published and that's all that matters, even if I can't access it.

      Thanks for following and for your comment, hope to hear from you again soon :)

  5. That's great news, Bonnee! I'm so happy for you.


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