Tag: rejection

A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21

The last full week of September was a busy one. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote is about rejection for reasons that will soon be clear. It comes from novelist James Lee Burke.  “Every rejection is incremental payment on… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21”

600 Submissions: By the Numbers

Yesterday, I sent my 600th submission since I’ve been tracking them through Duotrope, a period of roughly nine and a half years. I always take a deep dive into the numbers when I hit these little milestones, so that’s what we’re doing today. Here’s… Continue Reading “600 Submissions: By the Numbers”

Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21

A couple of fairly productive weeks. Here’s the score. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Michael Crichton. “Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21”

Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story

Recently, I went through my WIP folder and realized it was overflowing with stories, some of which had been languishing there for decades. I took a good, long look at these derelict shorts and flashes, and, well, I then created a trunk folder, which… Continue Reading “Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story”

Submission Statement: August 2021

And there goes August. A better month than July, but just barely. August 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 11 Rejections: 9 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 1 Further Consideration: 1 I did manage a solid number of submissions in August, and 11 more gives me a… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: August 2021”

Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter

I’ve discussed the hold or further consideration letter a few times on the blog, but since I’ve received a bunch of them this year, I thought it was time to revisit. We’ll look at a couple of examples, what they may tell us, and… Continue Reading “Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter”

A Week of Writing: 8/16/21 to 8/22/21

One more week in the books. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By Another good one from Ray Bradbury. “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” ― Ray Bradbury I don’t know if… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/16/21 to 8/22/21”

The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Mazie’s Marvelous Marketing

The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire contains all manner of useful spells, a number of which can aid a rejectomancer’s efforts to attract new readers. This week, we explore the relatively benign Mazie’s marvelous marketing, a handy enchantment that enhances a rejectomancer’s promotional endeavors. (If you’re wondering… Continue Reading “The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Mazie’s Marvelous Marketing”

Weeks of Writing: 7/26/21 to 8/8/21

A couple of productive weeks of writing and submitting. Let’s see how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Mark Twain. “It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense.” —Mark Twain I think this quote is particularly important… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 7/26/21 to 8/8/21”

The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Resist Response

The next entry in the Rejectomancer’s Grimoire shields the rejectomancer from dangerous temptations. This minor enchantment is called resist response and prevents vulnerable rejectomancers from penning angry responses to rejections and reviews.  (If you’re wondering what all this rejectomancer stuff is, start here.) Resist… Continue Reading “The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Resist Response”

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