TWO MARKETS–JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT
So, I received a rejection this week on Here Be Monsters. It stung particularly hard–not because it was a rejection or what was said in the rejection letter. I was able to compartmentalize and objectively take the rejection in the spirit it was given: to help improve my writing for that specific market. No, what stung was that I wanted to send it right back out, but I didn’t have a market ready for it to go to at the time it was rejected. I had to wait (the WORST thing for me when I get a rejection) in order to send it out again. That’s when I discovered a flaw with my submission process. One market isn’t enough (& leads to the situation I just found myself in with HBM) and five (5) markets is too many. Trying to decide where the story should go next, what market is open, how long it takes, do I have another market ready if this comes back too quickly, will this be out too long to keep if from going to this new anthology? Questions like that make it too difficult to try to have a reserve of markets available to submit to after a rejection. So, I’m going with just two (2) markets per story. I submit to one and then have a backup market ready to go if the story is rejected. Once I move on to the second market, I’ll then find two (2) more markets to submit to if it is rejected that second time. This way, I will (mostly) have a market ready to send a story to immediately and I won’t feel so stung by a rejection–kinda’ hard to obsess about a rejection when you’re already hopeful that the next market will see the potential in your story. As the quote above indicates–“adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” I know obsessing about rejections doesn’t do me any good, so now I need to adapt a system that works for me and minimizes the time spent obsessing about a specific rejection when I should be getting the story back on the market.
WARLIGHT ACCEPTANCE (TENTATIVE)
This week hasn’t been all bad–I just found out that Carrol Fix, the editor behind the Visions series at Lillicat Publishers, has just ACCEPTED my short story entitled, WarLight! It should be published in Visions VI: Galaxies! It will be published fairly soon, the middle of November. I’ll keep everyone posted on this exciting development and will blog about it again when the anthology is released.
CHILDE ROLAND ON SHORTLIST
Also, received an email letting me know that Childe Roland has been “shortlisted” for a market (that I will not name just yet). Shortlisting means that it survived the first round of rejections and made it to the “short list” of potential stories. This particular market will have a 2nd round of “voting” for stories and if it survives this test, it will be accepted for publication. This is the 2nd story this year that has managed to make it to the shortlist (I, Magi made it earlier this year for a different market, but didn’t ultimately make the cut.)
So, I’m really concentrating hard on both the creative side of writing–I’ve finished two stories since summer, and on the business side of writing–refining my submission process and managing two publications (so far) this year!