Tag: Rejection Letters

The Rejection Streak: An Analysis

In the first quarter of 2021 (and a bit before), I endured 23 rejections in a row. One of the longest streaks of not for us’s and we’re gonna pass’s in my career. That streak has since ended, and I have two acceptances so… Continue Reading “The Rejection Streak: An Analysis”

Night Walk Wednesday: When the Lights Go On

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. This week’s story is “When the Lights Go On”. How it Started “When the… Continue Reading “Night Walk Wednesday: When the Lights Go On”

A Week of Writing: 4/5/21 to 4/11/21

Two weeks into April. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Herman Wouk. “I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule.” ~ Herman Wouk… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/5/21 to 4/11/21”

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”

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