Tag: Rejection Letters

Night Walk Wednesday: Things That Grow

Welcome to the next installment of Night Walk Wednesday, where I’ll talk about the submission journey of a story from my upcoming flash fiction anthology Night Walk & Other Dark Paths. The first story we’re going to discuss is “Things That Grow.” How it Started… Continue Reading “Night Walk Wednesday: Things That Grow”

Submission Protocol: New Story Strategy

I recently finished a new short story, and what I like to do before a send a shiny new word baby out on its first submission is strategize a bit to make sure I’m maximizing my submission efforts. I do this by looking at… Continue Reading “Submission Protocol: New Story Strategy”

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… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 3/15/21 to 3/21/21”

Rejection Feedback: Love It or Leave It?

Personal rejections that include editorial feedback are a valuable part of selling your work, and they can tell you a lot about your story and the publisher. Such feedback can be an important element of revision or it can improve your submission targeting, but… Continue Reading “Rejection Feedback: Love It or Leave It?”

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… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 3/8/21 to 3/14/21”

Swings & Misses III: The Rejection Streak Strikes Back

Back in late 2017, I suffered the longest rejection streak of my writing career. If you’re interested, I covered that streak in a post titled Swings & Misses II: The Rejection Streak. Well, friends, I am currently working on the second-longest rejection streak in… Continue Reading “Swings & Misses III: The Rejection Streak Strikes Back”

Weeks of Writing: 2/22/21 to 3/7/21

A couple more weeks of writing come and gone. Check it out. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Joseph Heller. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~ Joseph Heller I feel this one in my soul. Writing is rarely easy… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 2/22/21 to 3/7/21”

Submission Statement: February 2021

Another month come and gone. Here’s how I did. February 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 5 Rejections: 6 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 0 Further Consideration: 0 February was, well, not spectacular. I would have liked more submissions, fewer rejections, and, you know, maybe an acceptance.… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: February 2021”

A Week of Writing: 2/15/21 to 2/21/21

Another week of writing, submitting, revising, the works. Words to Write By This week we return to the bottomless well of writerly wisdom that is Elmore Leonard. “All the information you need can be given in dialogue.” ― Elmore Leonard If you’re not particularly adept… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 2/15/21 to 2/21/21”

A Week of Writing: 2/8/21 to 2/14/21

A little late, but here’s one more week of authorly activities. Words to Write By This week it’s one of my favorite Hemingway quotes. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Ernest Hemingway I don’t think… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 2/8/21 to 2/14/21”

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