So, later this week, the submissions open for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, an online magazine that I’ve submitted to in the past. My very first submission was one that the editors wanted me to revise and resubmit. While I wasn’t adverse to do that, some of the suggestions that were made to make the story better, while well-meaning, seemed to take the story in a different direction than what I envisioned, so I didn’t actually make the edits. I’ve submitter 2 or 3 other stories, but they’ve pretty much declined all my other stories. However, since they are going to open, I need to resubscribe to Duotrope (I’ve let my subscription lapse) and see what stories I haven’t submitted and try one of them.
Getting Back on the Wagon
I’ve submitted perhaps 1 or 2 stories in the past six months. One the thing about the drafting process is that I’m slow at it. Right now, I’m just on the 2nd Draft for The Independent so that one won’t be ready in time. I still have the 1st Draft of Project Skye and I’m just now working on the 1st Draft of Project Star, so, again, these will not be ready in time, so I’ll have to go with work that I’ve already completed (which I don’t think is my best). Still, while there’s very little chance that the stories I send in will be taken, there is 0% chance they’ll be taken if I don’t submit, so I’m going to have to get back on the wagon and get back to submitting, even if I’m not confident in the story’s chances.
Writing With Confidence (or, Fake it Until You Make It)
Technically, I HAVE made it as I’m published and received money for my works. There are so many writers who don’t make it that far. However, I’ve not yet reached my own personal goal of full time writing/novelist. I get 2-3 publications in a year and then spend another 2-3 years waiting on the next “set” of publications. No one can build a career that way. However, not submitting is a SURE-FIRE way of NOT getting my writing career off the ground. So, regardless of what I think of the quality of my stories, until I have a better idea to revise it, I need to make sure that I have a story out at all times. In my case, fake it until you make it again. Hopefully, next week I can update you on which story I sent out. Have a great day!
- Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 25)