April Submission Blitz – Improving my Chances

April 14, 2014 at 12:48 am (writing) (, , , , , )

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

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Edit Fest – In a Hard Place

June 1, 2013 at 11:16 am (writing) (, , , , , , , , )

I think I’ve probably reached that point in the journey of a struggling writer that might be one of the hardest to deal with. In the beginning, writing was all about fun – with wild ideas of getting published someday (and making money from it), a lot of output with not much to show for it, a sense that all of it is pretty much a silly unachievable dream and for the most part making a game of everything. Then somebody that I didn’t know very well took an interest in my writing – several people, actually – and I got my first story sale at semi-pro rates. Suddenly, I felt like I had a real chance.

It wasn’t long before the first small press novel contract came along, then another and another, and more story sales. Suddenly it wasn’t funny or silly anymore. I was published. I had sales … not enough to throw a party, but enough to justify my efforts somewhat. The semi-pro sales have added up, I’ve had a few maybes from pro-rate venues (although no yeses yet), and some of the fun has become work: careful editing, promotion, the whole submission process, and more.

But I kind of feel like I’m teetering on a point. My confidence is building, but not enough to support me on its own, and not enough to convince me that I’m not deluding myself, that I can hope for something more. For all the people I know who have encouraged me, I’ve had more than as many kick me in the face – metaphorically speaking. I have no agent, no big publisher contract and no pro-rate sale…nothing solid that can allow me to say “look – here’s proof.” Maybe all I’ll ever be is a wanna-be and that’s a tough notion to swallow. It’s hard to push for the surface when one day you feel like a fighter and the next you feel like a fake.

Submission blitz update – another rejection, this one from the podcast I was hesitant to submit to. The good news is that this time their critique was directed at the story and not a personal attack. However, while I’m pleased it wasn’t a form letter or an insult, I’m disappointed by the fact that I didn’t merit a proofread, with an obvious typo in the middle of a very short letter. Also, based on the comments, I doubt I’ll ever have anything of mine they’ll find acceptable. The few negatives they listed suggest my type of story just isn’t their cup of tea. I may try them again the next time I blitz – we’ll see.

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Edit Fest – Doubt Revisited

May 10, 2013 at 2:00 am (fantasy, writing) (, , , , , )

Editing older work is definitely a tougher job. I can see the way my writing has changed with time and it is irritating in a way. Just being able to recognize the improvements since first edit makes me wonder what more I have to do to make things better…I mean, I thought that was fine when I wrote it and went through it originally, but I know otherwise now. Will I feel the same way about my current work in a couple of years? Will perceived quality ever be enduring, or will I always be looking back with doubt and frustration?

That dissatisfaction leaches through to what I just reviewed – so much so that I went back to the beginning of Victims of Circumstance a second time after getting only a short ways in, and redid things. I know there’s no such thing as perfect, but it would be nice to get to a point where I’m not always questioning what I’ve written, or just edited. About the only thing I have any confidence in are the stories proper. I put a lot of heart and soul into those. I know not everyone will like them, but I think they are stories worth telling if I could just get the words right.

Ugh.

No new responses to my blitz submissions so it’s just a matter of more waiting. The waiting – that’s the worst part of submitting. I even dislike it more than the rejections, to some degree.

Maybe I’ll hear something by the end of the weekend.

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