Today: another rejection, another story polish, and another submission.
I figure every rejection clears the way for that editor who is going to buy the story.
Well, that’s what I mumble in between the weeping! (Only kidding about the weeping; the rejection today was useful, and gave me a focus for the re-write).
It’s the first of March! 2007 is zipping by.
Onwards and upwards!
Sixty years ago when my mother was trying so hard to get her first story published, we had a grandfatherly mailman named George. Whenever he had to deliver a manila envelope that he knew contained a rejected manuscript, he knocked on the door to personally deliver the envelope and offer words of encouragement.My mother took great solace when the rejection slip was hand written and especially when there were suggestions from the editor included. She knew that meant that she was getting closer.
What a lovely story! Like your mother, I’m grateful when editors take the time to respond personally to my work.
I happened across this, and thought it might interest you. They don’t pay, but even the ones that do don’t pay enough to make any difference.
Oops, forgot the link. http://www.crimsonhighway.com “Crimson Highway is a monthly webzine dedicated to dark romantic short fiction. If you write dark fiction, horror, or dark fantasy that has a romantic element, send it to us! By romantic we mean that we’d like to see atmospheric, despairing, disturbing tales.”