Dear Miss Snark:
I should thank you for your well-written and informative blog but I must admit I often curse you for being so full of interesting tidbits that I spend my precious time reading it instead of writing. But whatever, I still have a question. (discipline grasshopper, discipline)
I am an aspiring fiction writer and happily I recently published my first short story in a legit, if very small, literary magazine. Apparently my piece sounded its death knell as the magazine is no more. My question is this: Since it was my first and only fiction credit, should I include it when I submit others even though a Google search will come up blank? I think of it like a first job at McDonalds, I want to keep it on my "resume" until I have something better, but is that a mistake? Should I just put my one free copy on my bookshelf and move on?
Adoring regards, (ohhh! Adoring regards, I LIKE that!!)
I actually have a client who queried me saying he was the literary kiss of death and had the funerary notices of lit mags to prove it. He had a story in the last issue of about three of them I think.
I still took him on.
He made a joke about it, and so can you. One of the great things about the net is that lots of stuff that is "dead" lives on in cyberspace. If the website is still up, refer to it. If by some miracle of marketing, a library has a copy of the mag, even better.
If there is no vestige of this magazine, you can either make a joke about it or not mention it.
Your job however is to build up your portfolio so you don't have to depend on this.