A Week of Writing: 3/15/21 to 3/21/21

Another productive week of writing. Here’s how I did.

Words to Write By

This week’s quote comes from Ray Bradbury.

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” 
 
– Ray Bradbury

Since I’m still in the middle of a rejection streak (21 and counting), I thought another quote on the subject couldn’t hurt. Far be it from me to put words in the mouth of the great Ray Bradbury, but here’s what I think he’s getting at. Obviously, accepting rejection is part of the gig. If you don’t come to terms with the fact you’re going to hear no, a lot, in this industry, you’re gonna have a very difficult time. Every writer, no matter how good or how successful, is going to get rejected many, many, many times. We all know that (or we should, anyway), but what about the other part. How do we reject acceptance? What this says to me is not to rest on your laurels. Acceptance and publications are great, and we should revel in them. I also think closely examining a published story is a great way to improve. For example, we might ask what worked in this piece that’s maybe not working in others? (I do this a lot.) So, ultimately, what I think Bradbury is saying is that failure AND success gives us opportunities to grow as writers.

The Novel

I am happy to report I submitted my novel Late Risers to a publisher last week. I should hear back in two to three months. In addition to finishing the novel, I also completed my writer’s CV, which will come in handy for future submissions and queries. I’m going to take a few weeks off and work on some short stories that have been sitting half-done on my hard drive for the better part of a year, then I’ll dive in to the revision of Hell to Play, my other novel.

Short Story Submissions

That first acceptance of 2021 remains elusive, but not for lack of trying. 🙂

  • Submissions Sent: 3
  • Rejections: 1
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 0
  • Shortlist: 0
  • Pending: 12
  • 2021 Total Subs: 26

Sent another 3 submissions last week, which gives me a total of 26 for the year. Still on pace for 100. The one rejection was just a standard form rejection, which I expected. I may need to stop submitting to this particular market, as I can’t seem to make any progress with them. Even in markets I haven’t cracked yet, I can usually tell I’m getting closer via personal rejections and/or shortlists, but not with this one. May be a good blog post there. Anyway, I did finish a brand new, 5,500-word horror story last week, passed it off to a trusted critique partner, revised it, and then sent it off on its first submission. I think it’s one of the better pieces I’ve written in a while, so here’s hoping it finds a home soon.

Night Walk

My flash fiction collection Night Walk & Other Dark Paths is now available for preorder in print and digital ahead of its release date of 4/22/21. There’ll be more Night Walk news soon with a new feature I’ll be running on the blog called Night Walk Wednesdays. That’ll start this week. Yeah, it’ll be partly to promote the anthology, but I promise there’ll be some solid Rejectomancy content as well. Check back in a couple days for that. In the meantime, if you are so inclined to pick up a copy of the collection for preorder, jest click the cover below.

Goals

This week, I’d like to finish another short story. I’ve got a sci-fi piece I’ve been tinkering with for a while, and it’d be nice to complete it. Other than that, I want to get more submissions out the door, and maybe, just maybe, get that first acceptance of 2021.


And that was my week. How was yours?

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