Color me surprised when I received notification yesterday that my short story will be published in an online literary magazine. My new question is: I've been querying a new novel (novel one was a bust) and have a few queries out. Is this new little "credit" something that warrants an "addendum" to the query already sent? (Is there even any graceful way to do that?) Or is the publication simply something to include on all future queries?(Original question)Do agents care about short story publications? I've settled on the notion it makes no difference whatsoever if there's a blurb in the end (i.e.,"I have a short story published in Buttonweezer Literary Mag" or "I won the $12 Carkoon literary contest in 1989"), as it only matters whether or not what is being submitted at that moment in time is up to snuff and saleable, and the rest is, by and large, unnecessary.However, credentials and whatnot are asked for. Is a short-story publishing credit considered a worthy item of note? Or best left in the drawer in which it currently resides, cozy and unread?
Publication credits are GREAT and you should include them in your query. (don't email this good news to agents who already have your query.)
It affirms that your work is publishable.
(I see more than a few queries where this is not the case.)
And of course, it also means that the Buttonweezer Literary Mag's readers might remember your awesomeness and be more likely to buy your book.
There's no downside on including lit mag pub credits.
You can shoot yourself in the foot by listing things that really are NOTpub credits: Carkoon Literary Contests lead the list!
But also: writing conference contests; honorable mention in almost any kind of contest; faux contests that are run by people who make their money from entry fees and every book ends up a winner of some kind.
If I haven't heard of a contest, I google it.
If you're trying to pad your pub credits, don't.
They're nice to have but not essential.
What's essential: tell me about a story I want to read.