Last night was an exciting night for being a science fiction writer. I received the galleys of my story, “Take One for the Road” and found out that the story would appear in the June 2011 issue of Analog, which goes on sale in April.
I also got the check for the story in the mail.
The galleys were particularly exciting for me. For those of my friends who don’t know what galleys are, they are the page proofs of what the story will look like when it is in print. The purpose of the galleys are to give the author an opportunity to read through the stories, find any last-minute typos, or make any last-minute changes before the issue goes to press. I’ve seen hundreds of stories (probably thousands) appear in Analog and it was thrilling to see one of my own stories as it will appear in the magazine.
I have to read through the galleys and make any changes in the next couple of weeks. I don’t plan on waiting until the last minute and will likely finish up this task before I go on vacation next week.
As a reminder, for those of you who don’t subscribe to Analog, you’ll be able to find the June 2011 issue in bookstore magazine stands beginning in April. It will also be available in a variety of electronic formats, including Kindle. And if you end up enjoying my story, you might read some of the others in the issue–and if you like those, too, consider subscribing.