It’s very exciting to sell your first short story. Particularly when you were sure you were never going to get published anywhere and this writing thing was all just a hopeless endeavor that no one was ever going to read. Honestly, submitting it at all was a huge nerve-wracking thing. But I submitted it, and then they purchased it.
I’m writer! I have published a story! And there was much squeeing! (Well, at the moment “will have published”– the contract’s signed and all that, but the anthology has not actually come out yet.) It’s like I’m a Real Writer or something.
How did that happen?