Kinda bummed about the rejection from Beneath Ceaseless Skies – I really want in there. Well, next time. The editor liked the story, but found there were too many modern elements to fit in with the magazine. Know your markets, I guess.
Steven Owen, Editor at Mixer Publishing, had a number of nice things to say about the piece I submitted, but ultimately found the characterization of the main character too sentimental. An interesting critique and not one I can recall getting before, so I’m considering in some depth what he meant.
The editors at Chizine consider my story interesting and well-written, but not for them, after consideration.
Ninth Letter is sorry the submission isn’t for them.
Juked appreciated the read, but are sorry to say they won’t be able to use the piece.
The Collagist is unable to use the fiction I submitted. So unable, in fact, that their auto-responder sent me the same email twice.
I’ve had a couple acceptances on the writing front as of late. But I wouldn’t want to give you the impression that this is the normal run of things.
After a four-year hiatus when I was working on a couple novel manuscripts, I started sending short stories out into the world on July 28th, 2010 (thanks to the magic of Duotrope, I know this down to the date). Since then, I’ve received 135 rejections to 5 acceptances. That’s a success ratio of 3.6%.
It seems unfair, somehow, to just list the successes, while pretending the failures don’t exist.
So I set up a new page up above: Failure. I created the first draft of the page almost a month ago, when I got my 100th rejection. But I chickened out on making it live for reasons obscure to myself. Well, no more.
I’m also going to be posting on each new rejection as it comes in.
I am inspired in this by Roxane Gay and Dan Moreau. They are very good writers, the both of them. You should go read some of what they have written. Also, they have both handled myriad rejections with great public aplomb. I aim to be like them.