Forgive me for the arrogant sound of this post. Just for your safety I have decided to blow smoke up my own ass tonight.
I was contacted by someone from the National Writing Project (the mother ship of the workshop I recently took this summer). She found one of my postings on a local NWP website to be “the high quality of writing we are looking to put in our National Writing Gallery. Some how the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English, I think) is connected. There is no money for this, just the opportunity to showcase my writing to thousands of people who might have influence and desire to take it to the next step — writing a small collection of these stories and turning them into a book. Don’t want to start dreaming too big though.
Anyways, I am wondering if that “officially counts” as a “published” piece of work, since it is connected to an organization. Anyone know?
I think it’s an honor to be chosen for this opportunity — thousands of writers and teachers will be able to look at it. Perhaps it might lead to bigger and better things? I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out if I can refer to myself as a “published” writer instead of a “frustrated, unpublished and why does Paris Hilton have a book she sucks as a writer?” person
Interestingly enough, the piece she enjoyed is one of my conversations I have with my muse: Inspirations and Origins. She felt it incorporated a variety of information, writing instruction, Greek history and genuine, believable dialogue.
So when I submit other pieces of work, can I say “I am a published author”? Or do I say “Still a wanna be”?