There’s a great article here about formative rejection. It’s helpful to see that rejection is a way to build a relationship with an editorial team: if your name keeps popping up, they’ll know you.
For my part, I know I’m not crazy to keep trying. I’ve had editors write me notes, so that encouragement is at least something.
Possible head shot? Are you fooled into thinking I’m professional? 🙂
I got one of the best rejection letters I have ever received this past month. The editor took the time to outline what he really liked about my writing, expressed that the quality of my prose surprised him since I told him I was unpublished, and he told me he expected I’d find a home for my stories. He then let me submit again, even though he had a one-story-per-author rule, just so he could see what else I had.
If I ever get to be an editor, I want to be like that.
I can honestly say that everyone I have met in the sci-fi publishing world so far is really great and welcoming. If I’m lucky enough to get to be a part of that world someday, I’ll be grateful.
I also got my fist acceptance! It’s a first issue of a literary webzine that specializes in genre-bending prose and poetry. I’ll be sure to link to it once it goes live.
My Writing Process
Between working and taking care of my lovely kiddos, writing is hard to find time for. So, I decided to just stay consistent:
- Write 50-500 words a day, at night or in the morning. I just do it. I don’t care if it’s good, I just do it.
- I made sure to give myself realistic goals. I don’t sit around thinking, “I’m going to get a best-selling novel published!” Instead, I think, “I want to work very hard at getting published in X Magazine.” Maybe X Magazine rejects me few times. It will only make publication with them all the more sweet.
- Read. A. Lot. One of the pitfalls I found myself in this week was in being unoriginal. I wrote a story that followed a popular sci-fi trope, and the editor told me that while my writing was great and enjoyable, it wasn’t original enough to make it to the second round. This would be like, say, submitting a vampire story to a horror magazine. The editor is going to put it in a pile with other vampire stories and your competition might beat you.
I’m having so much fun on this little journey. Honestly, that’s the ultimate test.