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.
So far, I’ve had two responses to my submissions. The first was an invitation as a result of my author query on day one (although it may not apply until 2018 – I don’t mind the wait.) and the second was for Tuesday’s submission. Apparently, my daughter is a valid critic. The acceptance came with a request for a title change. I didn’t mind. I’ve had that request for one other story and I didn’t hesitate to change it. I’m never that attached to a given title.
I did start work on another call for submissions yesterday until I realize the call doesn’t open until November 1, so I’m setting that one aside. Maybe I’ll extend the blitz by a day to include that one. I have enough material to spare, especially if any rejections come back during the month.
I may end up skipping a post or two to do garden-y things in the next week. We’ve had a couple of frosts which could end up with a need for some quick harvesting. I won’t skip any submissions though.
Today’s submission, a “multi-maybe but never yes” story that has been through one requested rewrite and therefore now exists in two versions, one with a more optimistic ending than the other. I like them both. I sent off the darker version to yet another pro-rate venue with a fitting theme. We’ll see how it fares this time.
I would happily take a handful of rejections over hayfever any day. Unfortunately, I’m afflicted by both right now. I haven’t received very many rejections yet, mostly from pro-rate or SF venues, and just the one acceptance as of yet, so it’s still a matter of waiting. I was a little disappointed that the “maybe” that had come back turned into a “no,” but at least they described my story as “high quality.”
As for the hayfever, that has proven to be a severe annoyance this year. I’ve only had to endure mild symptoms it the past but this year I swear these allergies are seriously out to get me. If the lack of sleep or oxygen deprivation hasn’t done me in before the end of the weekend, then I might survive gardening this year even if it means suffering to see it through.
Sorry for my absence, but as you know, life happens.
The response to my latest submission blitz so far has been a little disappointing, but I guess I ought to expect that when many of the markets I chose to submit to this April were a tougher sell. To date I have only one firm acceptance, with my story Velveteen, and one “possibly…maybe” which you’ll be able to read more about here. I still have many submissions I’m still waiting on, so my luck could turn, but I’m not going to get my hopes too high.
Meanwhile, I’m waiting to hear if I’m going to make it into the Wicked Women Writers finals this year. They chose to limit the finalists to 5 in 2014, so I’m not guaranteed that my audio story will be aired in the contest. If not, I’ll have to find something else to do with it. No point in wasting all that effort.
And lastly, there’s a blog tour going on involving a fantasy anthology to which I contributed (see picture). You can find the schedule for that here.
More news later…
Today’s submission, a flash fiction piece, was to Crossed Genres, a pro-rate venue that has a policy in support of new writers. They specifically reserve one slot in every issue for writers who have never had a pro-rate sale – their “new author spotlight.” This definitely improves my chances of finally securing this elusive opportunity. I’m making a point to submit as often as possible to this venue and Penumbra, who also tries to support new authors when possible. I’ve managed to make it to the final round of selections with both venues, which suggests I may have what it takes to eventually get an acceptance from one or both of them.
Not that I think getting a pro-rate sale will make things any easier. I’ll still have to work just as hard. What it will do is give me a little more confidence and maybe change the way some people in the industry look at me. There are those out there who will shrug you off if you’ve never had a pro-rate sale. It would be nice to have more people take me seriously as a writer and improve my chances of being read.
I have another flash fiction submission in the works for tomorrow and I’m eying three more opportunities for pro-rate submissions later this month. At this rate, I’m hoping to have about a 50% pro-rate submission rate for the month. Hopefully, this will up my chances.
More tomorrow J
I always aim for a good fit when I submit, but sometimes it’s just not that easy to figure out what a good fit is. Some venues have a clear theme, like the one that just sent me an acceptance (my first this blitz), and other venues have well-defined style or characteristic preferences, but then you run across the ones that offer a list of “we like this…but we like this equally” where the two preferences are two ends of a significantly varying scale. Talk about ambiguous.
I just finished submitting to one of those ambiguous venues yesterday and I always feel like those submissions are very much a shot in the dark. When the list of items they are willing to consider spans every corner of speculative fiction, I have no idea which of my far-ranging cross-genre tales I should send. I like it when a venue at least leans a little in one direction or another. As much as I’m not fond of calls for submission that are too restrictive, I actually prefer it when they set out some guidelines.
I’m hoping to finish my short “Burn” today so I can submit it tonight. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Going back to older manuscripts is difficult. There’s a huge difference between really old first drafts and my latest edits of the same book. The quality of earlier work is embarrassing and if I dig out my old trunk manuscript (a terrible novel I wrote when I was fifteen) the temptation to burn it is hard to resist – I keep it to remind myself how far I’ve managed to come when I get frustrated with my current progress. I don’t see as drastic a difference from first draft to final edit now, but that’s because the learning curve is a steep one in the beginning, but I’m now on the shallower end. I’ve done the lion’s share of my learning at this point and my newer learning, while it still continues, comes in trickles and dribbles. It still has me wondering how much further I have to go to make it into a pro-rate venue, and if at this rate, I’ll have any hope of actually getting there.
I still get sales though, and today’s submission blitz update actually offers up an acceptance. My “The Godmother’s Curse” has been accepted by a small Canadian venue (yay!) Apparently, the third time was a charm.