Remember I mentioned a place where I submitted TWO stories and they long-listed BOTH of them?
Well they got back to me.
AND THEY ACCEPTED ONE OF THEM! (The other remains under consideration with them.)
I wrote Turtle Hatchlings in the summer of 2018 and have been sending it around since then. It’s a weird little story, that reads like fantasy but is 100% science fiction; I had quite a few beta-readers not understand the twist and had to tweak it a lot. It racked up 18 rejections (including three long-listings). Normally by that point I would have trunked it; clearly something wasn’t working.
But two things kept me pushing forward: the first was that I really loved this story, and believed it just needed to find the right market; the second was my dang submission goal. So I kept putting it out there.
And here we are with an acceptance.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING. JUST KEEP SUBMITTING.
And because of course it never rains but it pours, I have a second piece of news for this week: I GOT INTERVIEWED!
Emily Tyler over at PenMob is running a series on how to deal with rejection, and I am interview #2, which you can read here.
I know it’s not the New York Times, but it’s my first interview as a writer (that’s not for a magazine I just sold a story to) and I find it very exciting. There have been a lot of fangirl squeals around the house. So go check that out! One chunk, in particular, is very pertinent to today’s news:
When a piece gets rejected, how long do you wait before sending it off again? Do you change anything before you do, and if so, how do you decide what you change?From “How to Deal with Rejection” at PenMob
I generally send pieces out again right away. I spend a lot of time working on the piece before it ever goes out the door — sending it to multiple beta-readers, revising based on their comments, making sure it is not only the best that I can make it but also exactly the story I want it to be. So unless a revise & resubmit comes back in (very rare), I chalk the rejection up to it being not the right market/right time, and move on down my list. There’s a market for every story, but sometimes it can take a while to find the right fit.
That’s Turtle Hatchlings‘ story of success to a tee. Just in case you didn’t think I practice what I preach. 😉
I’ll have more details about the story when I get them, but for now it looks like TdotSpec is launching in March, and I’ll be in their inaugural issue!
Not a bad way to start a January. Let’s hope it is a sign 2020 will be a little bit easier than 2019.