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Learning to live with rejection, 500 times over

Rejection is a part of life for everyone.  We get rejected by colleges, for jobs and very occasionally by runaway brides.  But us writers, we get rejected more.  A lot more. Me, I’ve been rejected by one college (___ me, … Continue reading

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Good rejections

Writers are accustomed to rejection. Even superstar writers often earned many a rejection slip in their early days.  Stephen King’s first novel was rejected dozens of times; Ray Bradbury had 1000s of short stories rejected. While I am not in … Continue reading

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Paying Short Story Markets, updated April 2014

I’ve updated my list of paying spec fiction short story markets.  I now show over 100 listings. Updates as of April 6, 2014: The following markets changed their pay rates: Bards and Sages Quarterly– increased to $20 The following markets … Continue reading

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Rejection #196: Another contest

I entered “Wobble” into an extremely prestigious writing contest and guess what, it didn’t win.  Or place or show.  It happens, part of the whole shoot-for-the-moon aspects. Oh well, that counts as rejection number 196. Four more to my 200 rejection … Continue reading

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Paying Short Story Markets Updated

I have updated my listing of paying science fiction and fantasy short story markets. Highlights include: Two semipro markets added: Aercastle Narratives Aghast Pay rates changed on three markets: Buzzy (up) Dark Magazine (down) Weird Tales (down) Three markets reopened: … Continue reading

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Rejection #195: They’re coming fast now

Rejection number 195 came right on the heels of number 194.  Too fast for comfort. A nice long note for “Crazy,” another one of my valkyrie short stories, but a form letter for sure, because I’ve been rejected by this … Continue reading

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Rejection #194: Short answer

Rejection #194 (of my countdown to 200 short story rejections) was from a very established, high quality dark fiction outlet that I had only recently run across. A very short answer: “Thank you for sending “Faro,” but I decided not … Continue reading

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