Last week was equal parts productive and frustrating. Let me break it down for you.
This week’s quote comes from Truman Capote.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
I like this quote, though of late I find myself shouting, “Hold the fucking ketchup!” Yeah, it’s been a rough few months in submission land, and I’m currently on a twenty straight rejection bender. These things happen, of course, and I talked a bit about why in a post last week titled Swings & Misses III: The Rejection Streak Strikes Back. I agree with Capote, though, it’s the rejections and the failure that sweeten the successes. When I snap this rejections streak, and I will, that acceptance is going to be goddamn ambrosia. So I’m gonna keep on keeping on, smothered in literary ketchup and mustard, waiting for some success to come my way so I can liberally flavor it. 🙂
I am happy to report that the final revision of LATE RISERS is done. The manuscript is formatted and ready for submission. I also finished up my writer CV with some help from a talented friend (Thanks, Di!). This week, I need to finish up the synopsis and cover letter, and then I’ll send my novel out the door, cross my fingers and toes, and see what happens.
Despite the rejection streak, I actually had a pretty good week of submissions.
Yep, five submissions last week, which gives me 23 for the year. I’m definitely on pace for 100 for the year. Lots of rejections last week, and some of them were particularly difficult because they were either stories that had been shortlisted and then ultimately rejected or close-but-no-cigar rejections. Those are always tough, but the rejections freed up some stories and I fired them back out there. I’m confident a few of them will find a home just based on the very positive rejections they received.
We’ve got an official release date for NIGHT WALK, my upcoming flash fiction collection from The Molotov Cocktail. It’s 4/22/21, and you can now preorder the collection in both print and digital. Get the details about all that right here or by clicking the awesome cover by artist Valerie Herron below.
This week, the biggest goal is to get LATE RISERS out the door. I hope to do that by Wednesday at the latest. Beyond that, it’s get more submissions out there and start thinking about revising my other novel, HELL TO PLAY.
And that was my week. How was yours?