I Sold A Story!

I am hyperventilating over here.

I just sold my first story.

I don’t really have the words.  I’m so excited.

I’ve had confidence in my ability to write for a long time.  I’ve gotten enough compliments, and read enough bad stuff and good stuff, to know roughly where I fall on the spectrum.  I could stand to be a lot better, sure, but I knew there was at least some talent there.

But I’d never sold a story.  I didn’t know if I ever would, ever could, because I never had before.  There was no precedent.

It was enough to make me suspect the would never happen for me, that it was all just a mid-life fantasy.  That I was some dilettante playing at writing as an excuse for not being otherwise gainfully employed.  That it was a lie I told myself to make me believe I was more than just a (kick-ass and awesome) stay-at-home dad.

But no.  I sold a story.  Despite my doubts, I knew deep down that I am a writer.  But this?  This is external validation, and it comes with the exchange of currency.

The one I sold, I’ve been sending out for just two weeks shy of a year.  It had been going out and coming back long enough I was beginning to think it was a yo-yo, not a story.  But then, I’ve never gotten yo-yos to come back.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say once the adrenaline wears off and the oxygen returns to my brain, but for now….


Look at me,it’s almost like I’m a real writer now…

Here I Go,



About Matthew Shean

Matthew Shean is the author of several forthcoming novels and myriad short stories. He received his Ph.D. from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York, NY, and spent 20 years as a research scientist throughout the northeastern United States. He now lives in Long Island (against his will), with his loving family and disdainful cats.
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5 Responses to I Sold A Story!

  1. Ellen King says:

    Ahhhhh! Go Matt!!! Can you send it to friends, or is it all proprietary and such? 🙂 !!!


    • Honestly, I’m not sure. They haven’t sent me a contract yet. That said, i am fairly certain that as long as it is not publicly distributed, I probably can show it around personally. But I’m going to wait and see first. I don’t want to anger the hand offering to feed me even before I’m fed, y’know?


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