Dear Miss Snark,
A literary magazine has accepted an excerpt from my yet-to-be-completed novel. While I'm very excited about this, now my partner is concerned it might actually hinder my chances of getting the entire novel published once it is finished.
So I put it to you: Let's say you receive my query letter. Reads well, you love the premise. My last paragraph touts that the first two chapters are already in print.
Does that put you off, strike you as a plus or it doesn't matter either way? Finally, if it is a plus, would it be wise to include the tearsheets from the magazine or does that come off as arrogant? (Oh, god I think I just answered my own question)
Thank you O, Great and Wise One.
Oh dear dog, have you forgotten everything I've been yapping about for a solid year?
Put DOWN the coffee cup, go over to your trusty Writers Market, look up the phrase "first serial rights".
That is what you sold.
It's so NOT a negative I'm almost laughing.
This is a GOOD thing. Feature it (unless the mag you sold it to is the AuthorHouse inhouse newsletter).
What makes this good is that right off the bat I know some one other than Mom likes your work enough to buy it. This is persuasive. Do not include tear sheets. It is worse than pretentious and you only need to tell me the name of the mag. If I want proof, I'll send KY down to the library for a copy.
There are lots of posts about "writing credentials" in the snarkives. That's what this is.
Use it well.
Now, back to the coffee.