Tag: rejection

Submission Statement: June 2020

Another month come and gone. Here’s a breakdown of my short story endeavors for June. June 2020 Report Card Submissions Sent: 4 Rejections: 5 Acceptances: 1 Publications: 0 A lackluster month, unfortunately. I needed to get 8 submissions to stay on track for 100…

A Week of Writing: 6/15/20 to 6/21/20

Hey, all, here’s my weekly writing report card. Words to Write By This week’s quote is from Julie Andrews. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” —Julie Andrews Julie Andrews may not have been talking about writing, but the sentiment certainly applies….

A Week of Writing: 5/4/20 to 5/10/20

A day late on this past week of writing, but here’s how I did. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from Kurt Vonnegut. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” — Kurt Vonnegut I…

A Week of Writing: 4/20/20 to 4/26/20

Happy Monday, everybody. One more week of writing in the books, and here’s how I did. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from New York Times Best Selling author Cheryl Strayed. “Writing is always full of self-doubt, but the first book [Torch] is…

1 Publisher, 17 Submissions, 5 Letters

When you submit stories to publishers you can expect a wide variety of letters in response. You’ve got the various flavors of rejection letter (form, higher-tier, personal, etc.), informative notices like further-consideration and shortlist letters, and, of course, the king of all responses, the…

A Week of Writing: 4/13/20 to 4/19/20

I’m settling in, writing more frequently, and my days now resemble something like my old routine. Time to dust off the weekly update posts. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from Stephen King. “I believe the first draft of a book — even…

50 Published Stories: What Have I Learned?

I recently sold my 50th story since I started submitting through Duotrope, and because I like stats and data I went back and looked at those 50 stories to see if I could glean any rejectomantic information. Turns out, there are some interesting tidbits…

Aeryn’s Archives: Paint-Eater

Today’s installment of Aeryn’s Archives features a short story called “Paint-Eater.” It’s an interesting piece in that it’s one of those stories that took a lot of refining (and a bunch of rejections) to get to a place where it was sellable. I’ll discuss that…

The Waiting Game Part 2: The Great Theory

Submission wait times are an oft-discussed topic among writers and much rejectomancy is applied to how long a story is pending with a publisher. I’ve covered it before, some four years ago in this post: Submission Protocol: The Waiting Game. When a story is…

365 Rejections: A Year’s Worth of No

Yesterday I received my 365th rejection since I started tracking my submissions seriously through Duotrope back in 2012. I think that’s kind of a cool milestone, and, well, like the headline says, it’s a whole year’s worth of rejections. Anyway, I thought it might…

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