Sep 7, 2011

I've got mail!

Unfortunately, most of my mail nowadays seems to be rejection letters.  Awhile ago I sent out one of my stories to a lot of magazines as a sim sub, and the results are trickling in.  One rejection, two rejection, three rejection, more!

But it's surprising how much it doesn't really both me.  I remember opening one and my mother saying, "aw, I'm sorry Jenny" when we saw it was a rejection.  Me? I just shrugged.  I still have 16 more magazine to hear from and an online database to go through.

But I have set a limit, if only for time.  50 rejections for a piece, and then I'm gonna self-publish.  How? I'm not to sure yet.  People do it through Kindle and CreateSpace, but I know others who've done it all through free podcasts (which builds an audience and then they've gotten a contract to get them printed published).  But we'll come to that hurdle later. And there's that whole novel vs short story thing.

Regardless, I'm paying close attention to the numerous journeys other authors are taking. Patrica is a great teacher, talking about every little problem like getting the cover right and twitter campaigns.  And Fritz has just decided to pass on traditional publishing, and his top ten reasons are not those that would have popped into my mind first. Not to mention all those interviews I listen to on podcasts. I love learning, I wish I could have that for a career.

It's nice to see people taking an active step towards what they want, to do it my self to by submitting things.  It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something, and that what I want to happen, will.  Eventually.


  1. I think your attitude towards rejections is great. It's often a hard place to get to. I hope you hear some good news soon though :-)

  2. Putting a limit on the number of rejections is a good idea. I'm sure some of mine are coming up to 50 buy now. But I have favourite stories, and I'll always be willing to send them out 'one more time'.

  3. They do say that when you send a ms out you should already have the name and address of the next publisher you're planning to send it to for when it's rejected. I know what you mean about shrugging off yet another rejection. I reached that point years ago, although I have to admit that my first few rejection sent me off into floods of tears.

    I spent many years writing women's magazine stories with a fair bit of success but I still have a file full of those stories that never made it. I won't delete them though... just in case.

  4. Sarah - Thanks. It took a couple of 'no' to get to my current mindset though. And hearing about all the rejections others got too helped me realize I wasn't the only one.

    Annalisa - If I didn't put a limit, I'd just keep on sending them out forever. XD

    Roaslind - I could never see myself deleting any story! They're all way to much a part of me.

  5. Rejections are horrid, no doubt about it, but every form of writing is subjective. The editor might be saying "I loved this but I've published too many similar stories...". You're right to shrug them off.
    I hope you get good news very soon!

  6. Thanks Shirley! I certainly hope so too.

  7. You've got remarkable resilience! That is such an impressive thing. With that kind of attitude, you will definitely get where you want to go. Good luck!

  8. Peggy - well, I try. I think of it more as the emotional detachment of a realist, who knows that acceptance is coming one day!

  9. Jenny,
    Have you had any "positive rejections" yet? Or helpful suggestions?

    I am curious on what was unexpected about my list of 10 reasons why I'm self publishing. What is your thinking about why you might, or might not, want to self publish?

  10. Fritz! Fancy seeing you here in this Internet corner.

    No, I haven't really much in the terms of rejections. Most are what seems like templates, thank you for submitting but we'll have to pass. I swear, I've never gotten shorter e-mails.

    As far as self publishing goes, you had broken up a couple point I thought were similar (such as all the aspects of control over design and timing). Also, as far as not being on the book shelves in concerned, I still think it's very important. There are so many self-published books out there that it takes a lot of author marketing to get noticed. And to be honest, a lot of it is subpar. Having my story in a magazine first instead of on a Kindle means it's passed the gatekeepers of good fiction and has a stamp of approval. Or even if it's been published by a podcast first.