Category: Rejection Letters

Submission Rotation – May 2017

Right now, until I put the finishing touches on a few works in progress, I have five short stories in my submission rotation. Most of these stories have been around the block a few times with varying levels of success. Of course, none of… Continue Reading “Submission Rotation – May 2017”

Swings & Misses: The Submission Slump

If you were to look at my acceptance ratio at Duotrope a few months ago, you’d have seen a number of around 20%, meaning, very roughly, that for every ten submission I sent, two would be accepted. In baseball terms, that’s a batting average… Continue Reading “Swings & Misses: The Submission Slump”

Rejections: The Bad Beats

A question I’m often asked with regards to my blog is: Do rejections still bother you? The answer is largely no, they don’t. Form rejections, especially, barely register anymore, and at this point, they are little more than a notification to send the story somewhere… Continue Reading “Rejections: The Bad Beats”

4 Reasons for the Same-Day Rejection

Here’s the scenario. You fire off a short story submission, fully prepared to wait the two weeks or one month or however long it takes for them to read your story and make a decision.  You check your email a couple hours later and BAM! They’ve… Continue Reading “4 Reasons for the Same-Day Rejection”

Rejections and the Revision Decision

How many rejections do I let a story accumulate before I revise it? That’s a question I get asked a lot these days (maybe because I plaster my rejections all over the internet). It’s a good question, and my answer usually is something like,… Continue Reading “Rejections and the Revision Decision”

Tiered Form Rejections: Fact or Fiction?

If you’ve been submitting stories to the many literary and genre magazines, journals, and zines out there, then you’ve no doubt heard that some markets have more than one type of form rejection. Not only do these publishers have more than one, they have… Continue Reading “Tiered Form Rejections: Fact or Fiction?”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Considered Rejection

Often you have to wait quite a while for a publisher to get back to you about a submission, which is just a reality of being a writer, but when you have good reason to hope your story will be accepted, the waiting can be pretty… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Considered Rejection”

Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?

Recently, I had a story accepted after sixteen rejections. I know; that’s a lot, right? I felt pretty confident about the story despite the mounting number of NOs, so I kept sending it out. I found an editor that liked it as much as… Continue Reading “Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?”

6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements

When you’ve submitted your work long enough, you start to notice certain “firsts” and “bests” in the meandering pattern of rejections and acceptances that define the freelance writer’s career. I certainly don’t have as many data points as some, but I’ve got enough to… Continue Reading “6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Shortlist Rejection

Sometimes you have to wait a while for a publisher to get back to you about a submission, which can be hard, but it’s just one of those things you have to accept as part of the whole being a writer thing. That said,… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Shortlist Rejection”

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