Between parenting issues (which included helping my daughter with overdue homework) and other “priority items”, I missed a couple of days worth of submissions, so today I had to play catch up. I’ve now used up my reserve call for submission options so I’ll have to dig up a few more. I’m lucky enough to have multiple sources for calls that I can tap into, which makes finding ones I can match my existing stories to that much easier. I am getting closer to the bottom of my “available” list though. Unless I find more calls accepting reprints or a few more rejections come in, and/or I finish up the two shorts I’m working on. I’m going to have to start looking through older submissions that have gone a year or more without a response. Occasionally, they don’t send one and leave your story in submission limbo.
I’ll have some extra time over the long weekend. We’ll see what I manage to accomplish.
Today’s submission, to a venue I’ve had some success with before, demanded a recipe along with the submission. They were looking for old family favourites or the like – ones that could be tied to the story in some way. Not having old family favourites just hanging around my house for the sharing, I found a way to tie in one of my own creations that my family seems to enjoy. I don’t know if that particular recipe will improve or lessen my chances for an acceptance, but I figured it was worth a try.
The other submission I sent was to a venue I had tried a couple of times before with no success, but I don’t give up easily. I’ve had some stories rejected multiple times before finding a home. In some cases, it’s not a matter of “fixing” a rejected story but of seeking out a better fit.
23 more submissions still to go, but I have plenty of stories ready to go and potential calls on the radar.
I recently came across a call for submissions I was hoping to submit to with an existing story I had that matched the theme, but it meant waiting for a rejection from a prior submission. I did get a response back, but not the rejection I had been expecting. So along with a story sale, I was left with now having to resort to Plan B … write a new story. I’m about 1,000 words in, but I have a solid story concept, so I expect I’ll finish it over the next couple of days.
I did submit a couple of reprints since my last post, to a new venue for me. I haven’t had a lot of luck with reprint submissions, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed, and my eyes open for other opportunities.
Supposedly, April and May this year are going to be warmer than average. So far, the snow on the ground says “no.” It also says “no” to playing jugger outside and today marked our last day playing in the gym for the winter season.
So no warm weather for us just yet, although apparently my family in France are enjoying a toasty 27 degrees Celsius this week.
Trying my best to ignore the snow/freezing rain, I continue with my blitz. Another story out, this time to a British call for submissions for a horror anthology.
Scrounging for Scraps by Chantal Boudreau The ebony-furred cur hovers at my feet, waiting, I assume, for any tidbits that might tumble from the table. Hot, dry breath tickles my ankles and calves.…
I admit, I have been away from my blog for far too long. I intended to cover my January submission blitz in greater detail and I always do a February Women in Horror blog spotlight, but in January I assumed some new responsibilities at my day job that leave me wiped by the time I get home. Any energy I can spare is reserved for the family and a handful of submissions still going out, (I fell a little short of my goal in January, so I’m making up for it post blitz.) I’m also writing the odd flash piece here and there, when I can squeeze it in..
My “writing a little on the side” has truly been relegated to the side at the moment while I throw myself with semi-reluctant gusto at other ambitions.
But I find myself with a current rewrite conundrum. I have a certain dark fantasy short story that has gotten a fair amount of positive feedback from both pro and semi-pro revenues (but no acceptance to date,) The last rejection was an odd one. It had the standard “doesn’t have the right fit” line many form rejections have, but then it proceeds to say what they liked most about the story and suggested it could be reworked and resubmitted…
…Only there’s no constructive criticism. In other words, they haven’t told me what they think I should change, so it makes it difficult to change it. This isn’t the first time this has happened with this story, More than once I’ve gotten a “maybe you could rewrite and resubmit” suggestion without being able to put a finger on what they think is wrong. This has proven challenging for me, because I don’t know where to begin. I consider it one of my better stories (my husband doesn’t want me to change it at all) and I’m having trouble seeing where it could be reworked. Some constructive criticism would be a great starting point, but it’s not there.
I have no problem making changes to a story and resubmitting. I’ve done it several times, on most occasions seeing success with the re-submission (I’m waiting to hear back on another requested rewrite right now.)
So I may try to take a stab at it this weekend, if I can figure out how to go about it. Otherwise, I’ll just set it aside until I’m ready to submit it somewhere else.