Tag: rejection

The Awful Agony of Almost

I have reached a point in my writing career where the majority of short stories I write accumulate further consideration and close-but-no-cigar rejections from pro markets. I have three stories circulating at the moment, each with a minimum of three such rejections. In this… Continue Reading “The Awful Agony of Almost”

Submission Statement: August 2022

August was somewhat disappointing, mostly because I’ve fallen behind on my submission goal. August 2022 Report Card Submissions Sent: 8 Rejections: 7 No Response: 0 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 0 Further Consideration/Shortlist: 2 More submissions than last month, though most of those went in the… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: August 2022”

Charting Rejection Progression II

A few years ago, I posted the rejections I’d received from a pro market I’d been trying to crack from some time. The point of that post was to illustrate that rejections often indicate if you’re making progress with an editor/publisher and getting closer… Continue Reading “Charting Rejection Progression II”

Swings & Misses IV: Revenge of the Rejection Streak

Submitting short stories to genre and lit magazines is a process that can be, uh, well, let’s just say discouraging. Why? Because rejections are inevitable, multiple rejections for the same story are expected, and even two or three rejections in the same day are… Continue Reading “Swings & Misses IV: Revenge of the Rejection Streak”

Submission Statement: May 2022

May is in the books, and here’s how I did.  May 2022 Report Card Submissions Sent: 5 Rejections: 7 No Response: 1 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 1 Further Consideration/Shortlist: 0 Well, as you can see, I was not particularly productive in May on the shot… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: May 2022”

Submission Statement: April 2022

Not gonna lie, April was a tough month. Read all the gory details below. 🙂 April 2022 Report Card Submissions Sent: 9 Rejections: 10 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 0 Further Consideration/Shortlist: 0 Any month where the number of rejections eclipses the number of submissions is… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: April 2022”

Weeks of Writing: 3/28/22 to 4/10/22

Another catch-up post, so here’s a few weeks of writing in one go. Words to Write By Today, I don’t have a quote, but more a comment about a type of quote I was unable to find. I searched for quite a while for… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 3/28/22 to 4/10/22”

Rejection: It’s Not Personal

If you’re a writer who submits fiction on the regular, you’ve undoubtedly had someone tell you rejections aren’t personal. Hell, that person might have even been me! For the most part this is true, and in this post we’re going to discuss why it… Continue Reading “Rejection: It’s Not Personal”

A Week of Writing: 3/21/22 to 3/27/22

Another week of writing. Here’s how it went. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from novelist Jodi Picoult. “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”‒ Jodi Picoult. This is a pretty straightforward quote, and I’m sure I’ve… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 3/21/22 to 3/27/22”

A Week of Writing: 3/14/22 to 3/20/222

Another week of writing. Here’s how it went down. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from novelist Zadie Smith. “It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. This is hard to do… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 3/14/22 to 3/20/222”

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