I just subbed and got word that my 1950's Cthulhu story is now available at the Kindle store.
I had submitted to a publication, shooting for publication in a anthology, and it was not accepted. (Though editor was nice enough to state it was very good and was hard to make a decision to accept or not...or maybe that was all them just trying to be nice LOL)
I worked long and hard on that little ditty, ie, SIGNAL IN THE DISTANCE. It was as creepy to write as it was exciting. I had do to some research into the 1950's, the Korean War, vehicles, fallout shelters, etc. Did a lot for a tale that was to be kept to no more than 7k words.
When it was done and I had gone through it. I sent it to a friend who edited it for me. (She's a pubbed writer and grammar guru...so, she did a bang up job on hitting me over the head and showing me my evil writing ways...and things to clean up to really have a polished piece.) I subbed it. Waited. And got work back in a timely manner. (It was great to work with a editorial team who tells you when they will get back to you and they keep their word). Got the NOT ACCEPTED notification and said, SCREW IT! This thing felt and reads too good to just stuff it away and wait for the next opportunity.
The next opportunity was to take the bull by the horns and DIY it through Kindle Direct Publishing and getter up for public consumption.
This will be the first time I have directly put something up on KDP. We'll see how it all shakes out.