Friday, August 21, 2009


My story "Lower Standards" appears in the September/October issue of New Love Stories Magazine, hitting newsstands right about now. When I wrote the story back in 2007, I hoped to sell it to one of the confession magazines. All the confession magazines rejected it.

The up side? NLSM paid almost twice as much as the best-paying confession magazine would have given me.

Sometimes rejection pays off handsomely.


Anonymous said...


See? you're starting to push your average up already.

Michael Bracken said...

Alas, no. I sold the story last year, so it doesn't count as a 2009 sale.

Anonymous said...

Darnit man, glass half full! You're just abiding by somebody else's definition of the calendar anyway. Only TWELVE months to a year? Ridiculous!

Michael Bracken said...

This publication marks the 74th consecutive month that I've had one or more pieces of short fiction published. Sales may be down, but the streak is alive!

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Regardless of how you are counting them it is still very cool.

Brian Drake said...

Congratulations, Michael! I have a new story coming out, too, from the "Beat to a Pulp" zine, and I think you'll like it. It'll be on-line the last week of September.

--Brian Drake