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Meet our latest featured client, Kim Venkataraman! A talented writer with a unique voice, Kim enjoys telling her stories from unexpected perspectives. She has had her short stories published in Amarillo Bay, Forge, Midway Journal, and other well-known literary magazines.
In Kim Venkataraman’s Own Words
I began writing short stories just to see if I could do it, and I still approach my writing that way. I try to read a lot and to analyze the stories that I really find compelling. Then I give myself “assignments”—like writing in the first person with two point-of-view characters; or starting a story with dialogue; or having a story span just a few hours. I love trying to incorporate bits of conversation I’ve overheard into a place I once traveled or a situation I’ve imagined.
I began using Writer’s Relief after I’d been writing short stories for a while, and I wanted to see if I could get one published. I felt that having Writer’s Relief take me on as a client would give me legitimacy as a writer—if only to myself. And it did. And I also wanted to give myself the best chance of being successful.
Using Writer’s Relief’s proofing and submission service, I have had exactly sixteen short story acceptances—the most recent was last week. I am absolutely certain that I could not have accomplished this on my own. They target literary journals for me; but equally important has been having a deadline every two months, which motivates me and forces me to finish new stories.
I’m currently working on finishing a novel based on my grandfather’s experience of being orphaned at the start of the Depression. I’m excited that Writer’s Relief will be my partner as I take the next steps with the book—submitting an excerpt for publication and preparing a submission packet for agents. It’s exciting, and I know that with Writer’s Relief’s help—I just might be successful.
More About Kim Venkataraman
Kim grew up in Maine and couldn’t wait to leave the state and go to college. She’s lived outside Boston ever since—and now can’t wait to go back and spend the summers in Maine. Kim is married and has two children. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Amarillo Bay, Forge, The MacGuffin, Midway Journal, Redivider, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Willow Review, and others. Kim is currently working on a novel based upon her grandfather’s experiences as an orphan at the start of the Depression.