First Rejection Out of the Way

12 04 2011

Yesterday I heard back from the publisher I’d sent out my novella to and they took a pass on it. I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not. If you’re going to try writing to publish, you’re going to get rejection. And I knew going in that this story may not work on its own as a novella, it’s probably going to work better as part of an anthology, so that’s going to be the next step in its evolution. I had to try to see if it could be published on its own first, just to see if maybe it would work.

Bait is a little creepy and I knew it may not work as a mainstream work, so now I’m looking over Halloween anthology calls for submissions, to see what would be the best fit. We’ll see.

I remember reading in Stephen King’s On Writing, which is one of my favorite books on writing and he describes about impaling his rejection letters on a spike on his wall and when it became full, using another one. So really, one is not a big deal, especially when I figured it was coming.

It doesn’t mean you don’t start questioning yourself, your writing and whether you can actually write well. But, I’ve been writing long enough and been reading books on writing for too many years to let me talk myself out of continuing. Even if I never get published, I’ll still write. This rejection is just one of the milestones when you try to write for more than yourself.

And now, back to work. Because if there is one thing I’ve learned from all the things that have happened in my life, both good and bad, is that you have to keep going to get through it or get it done.

“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing.  They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.”- Bonnie Friedman

Kicking My Baby Out of The Nest

8 03 2011

After the writing of the original a year ago and feeling that the short that I wrote could be good enough for publication, months of talking myself into giving it a go, more months of re-writes and polishing, four readers and and an amazing few edits by Shae later… I’m finally ready to send this off to the publisher to see how it goes.

Writing a two paragraph blurb and a one to two page synopsis of my novella was almost more difficult than the writing of the novella itself. After living with the storyline so long and knowing all the ins and outs of the plot, it was hard to distill it down to two pages and then further down to two paragraphs. And I thought revisions and editing was hard.

I’ve received an email from the publisher that they’ve received it and it will be assigned to an editor to be evaluated.

Let the indigestion begin.

Wish me luck!