Tag Archives: Rejection

Query is a five letter word

Query is the most dreaded five-letter word in all of writer-dom.  Despite its innocuous name, a query is a malevolent process created by evil sadists intent on breaking the spirit of aspiring writers.  A query letter is the first step … Continue reading

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Learning from those 100 rejections

A million years ago, or more likely last year, I wrote a series of blogs on my Rejection countdown to 100, whereby I rather narcissistically counted down rejections 91 through 100 for my short stories. Didn’t take too long to … Continue reading

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Done is better than perfect sometimes even applies to writers

Buried in all the articles about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, a mention about a sign on her wall at Facebook that reads “Done is better than perfect” or some such caught my eye.  In the software universe this is the … Continue reading

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My kind of journal

Apparently there is a literary journal, The Rejected Quarterly, that only accepts submissions that have already been rejected by five (5) other literary journals.  My kind of journal, at least it would be if I could write literary stuff.  Wonder if they’ll settle for … Continue reading

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Rejection number 96–for a half dozen other reasons

“Airlock” earned rejection number 96, yet another form letter which laid open the possibility of not one but six possible, unnamed reasons for rejections.  A lawyer in their midst, perhaps. “Thank you for submitting your story, “Airlock”, to Xxx. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Rejection number 95–short and unsweet

After the verbose rejection #94, rejection number 95 (of “Queen Meabh”) was back to short and decidedly not sweet. “Thank you for offering your story to Xxx.  We’re sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free … Continue reading

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Rejection number 94–a rejection longer than the manuscript

Rejection number 94 (of “The Steamer Trunk”) was unlike any I’ve ever seen. For one thing, the rejection email weighed in at 795 words, 22 words longer than the manuscript. For another, it was rich in content, critiques from five … Continue reading

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