Bench slats, Parc Montsouris, Paris, September 2017
Bella Grace didn’t use the photos I had submitted, but that allows me to share them here. They did do a nice job in showcasing my essay, even if the benches they used look very different from the actual ones.
The back story of getting this essay published, however, goes beyond me believing in it and resubmitting it.
Back in December, as we were about to leave for London, I had a major trouble with my laptop. It eventually got fixed but it had created a backlog of emails that I never caught up on. Two weeks ago I realized I still had that cache of unread emails. I finally plowed through them.
To my great surprise I found an email from the editor of Bella Grace accepting that essay. I had submitted it in September. Really? I missed that? Granted, that email came in on the day I had an emergency root canal procedure in London, so I do have an excuse.
Nevertheless, for me as a writer, it’s a pretty big deal to miss an email from an editor accepting my work.
Curiously, the editor never followed up when she didn’t hear from me, even though she had asked me for an updated endline. A day after I had discovered that email, I found my complimentary “artist copy” in the mail! And my essay is in there, with my old endline, but that’s OK.
I’m sharing this because such is the reality of publishing. Even in glossy magazines that you can find in any Barnes & Noble (such as Bella Grace), the back end of how it all comes together looks quite different from what you might imagine.