Rejection

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The short story I’d worked on in December got rejected. In the form email I got, I was told there were 1400 submissions and only 22 stories that were accepted. It doesn’t make things easier.

I don’t know if I’ll ever do a story that’s tailored for an anthology again. A month’s effort went into it, and if it doesn’t get accepted, then that whole month is lost. On top of that, eight cents a word doesn’t quite pay for the labor involved. Unfortunately, eight cents a word is considered a “good” pay rate. Some places pay in royalties, others pay about five cents a word or less. Write a 5,000 word story, and that’s about $250 for a nickel a word, or $400 for eight cents a word.

But I also have to be careful about excessive negative thinking. It’s quite easy for me to focus on what I didn’t achieve rather than what I did achieve. I wrote a short story before deadline and submitted it. My name is out there for potential editors to consider. If I wrote something good enough, these people might be more receptive to a submission the next time around. Or, at the least, just a few more people know of me and my work.

Rejection isn’t easy to deal with. I’m handling it a little better this time than last time. All I can do is hope this is a continuing trend to where I don’t feel overwhelmed by it.

5 thoughts on “Rejection

  1. Writing for pay requires a serious examination of who is buying what. (Writer’s Digest) And it is always good to have a Plan B, and Plan C, and Plan D because rejections are as common as ants at a picnic. Don’t lose heart.

    On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 2:53 PM Amusing Nonsense wrote:

    > Sirius Bizinus posted: ” The short story I’d worked on in December got > rejected. In the form email I got, I was told there were 1400 submissions > and only 22 stories that were accepted. It doesn’t make things easier. I > don’t know if I’ll ever do a story that’s tailored fo” >

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    • These are things I’m going to do after I get through my initial “fuck all” phase. I’m coming out of it faster I think. Rejection is something I’ve always had panic attacks and episodes over, so in dealing with this, I’m also practicing dealing with it in other aspects of my life.

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