A Week of Writing: 3/8/21 to 3/14/21

Last week was equal parts productive and frustrating. Let me break it down for you.

Words to Write By

This week’s quote comes from Truman Capote.

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

-Truman Capote

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. 🙂

The Novel

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.

Short Story Submissions

Despite the rejection streak, I actually had a pretty good week of submissions.

  • Submissions Sent: 5
  • Rejections: 6
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 0
  • Shortlist: 0
  • Pending: 9

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.

Night Walk

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?

4 Comments on “A Week of Writing: 3/8/21 to 3/14/21

  1. I like the quote by Capote, as it gives perspective to failure; that it doesn’t mean the end of a road. More like one of many stops on the road. And congrats on getting your novel ready for submission — best wishes with it!

    My week has been working on formatting a children’s book, which I’m planning to self-published. It’s my first children’s book, and it’s been a fun process.

    • Yeah, I like it too. It’s succinct and has Capote’s signature wit. I can really HEAR him saying it.

      Congrats and good luck on the children’s book.

      Thanks for the comment and the follow. 🙂

  2. I’ve been reading you a while now and I wonder, given that you’re already a modestly successful author, do your submissions now automatically pass the first round of filtering?

    • Probably not. I’m sure there are editors who recognize my name because they’ve read my submissions before or even published a few, but my stories still gotta pass muster. Not all do. 🙂

      Oh, I should also add that a fair number of publishers require you to remove all identifying information from your submissions, and they read blind. So they would never know it’s my story.

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