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Border Noir cover by Noe Vela

First peek at the cover of Border Noir, edited by Alvaro Rodriguez (co-writer of Machete), attacking your eyeballs later this summer:

“St. Teresa of Avila’s Day” is tucked away behind that cover. Noe Vela is the cover artist and Vao Publishing is putting this out. David Bowles  runs the show over there. Thanks very much to all of them for the opportunity to thrust more noir out into the world. Thanks also to Shotgun Honey for first taking this hardnosed ditty.

So much rejection: #s 260 – 267: Harpur's Palate, Asimov's, Beat To A Pulp, Shotgun Honey, Connotation, Apex

David Cranmer at Beat To A Pulp rejected me, twice, kindly and personally. Beat To A Pulp – along with Needle – are pulp markets I WILL CRACK.  You heard it here first, people.

Mid-American Review reports that “there were quite a few favorable comments made, supporters of your work speaking up on its finer points.” I would like to hug those supporters. I wish there more of them. Enough to get this goddamn story published.

Shotgun Honey didn’t feel the story was right, but told me to keep ’em coming. All right.

Connotation Press fiction editor Meg Tuite and I have been corresponding on a few stories – she’s already taken one; it’s just that the other wasn’t right. We’ll work on it.

Apex regrets to inform me &c.

Asimov’s appreciates, but &c.

Harpur’s Palate thanks me but &c.

So much rejection: #s 260 – 267: Harpur’s Palate, Asimov’s, Beat To A Pulp, Shotgun Honey, Connotation, Apex

David Cranmer at Beat To A Pulp rejected me, twice, kindly and personally. Beat To A Pulp – along with Needle – are pulp markets I WILL CRACK.  You heard it here first, people.

Mid-American Review reports that “there were quite a few favorable comments made, supporters of your work speaking up on its finer points.” I would like to hug those supporters. I wish there more of them. Enough to get this goddamn story published.

Shotgun Honey didn’t feel the story was right, but told me to keep ’em coming. All right.

Connotation Press fiction editor Meg Tuite and I have been corresponding on a few stories – she’s already taken one; it’s just that the other wasn’t right. We’ll work on it.

Apex regrets to inform me &c.

Asimov’s appreciates, but &c.

Harpur’s Palate thanks me but &c.

Rejections #227 – 236

Too many to list in the title.  And worry not: acceptance news is forthcoming.  2 parcels of news, actually.  (You can take a sneak peek in the Published Short Stories page, if you’d like.)

Needle wanted something more developed.  This one stung.  I really wanted in that mag; and now they’re posting on FB that they’ve filled the next two (!) issues.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent along a long personal rejection, but a rejection nonetheless.  This one also stung.  I worked for weeks on the story I sent them, and had them in mind all along.   To the point where I am actually reworking the story, to send to them again.

Hey another one that stung – Shotgun Honey wants me to keep ’em coming.  Just not this one.  This one from a mag that’s already published a piece of mine.  I’m not going to lie – it’s a little maddening.  I shall persist.

Flashquake tells me I made it to Round 2, but no further.

Minnesota Review thanks me &c.

Esquire appreciated &c.

Ellery Queen thanks me but &c.

Southeast Review took 290 days to decide the piece didn’t fit the needs of their journal.

Lit took 180 days to decide likewise.

Southern Humanities Review cannot be bothered to use their full name in a form rejection email, preferring SHR.  I cannot be bothered to type out any portion of their form rejection (even though my not bothering took more characters than it would have to abbreviated their rejection.  Look, I have to have some standards.).

Acceptance news forthcoming.

An acceptance – Shotgun Honey – All story

The good folks at Shotgun Honey (who, I think, have the market cornered on cool mag names) have taken my short piece, “St. Teresa Of Avila’s Day.”  It’ll go up on August 1.

Don’t wait that long to go read Shotgun Honey.  They’re putting up some of the best short fiction you’ll find out there, and they’re doing it with regular authority.  My favs so far: Missionary, Matthew C. Funk; 6/8 by Trey Barker; Killer Smile by Mike Miner; and White Ink by Paul D. Brazill.  None longer than 700 words, all kick ass.

I want to talk about my story a bit.  I wrote the first draft of this story in December 2005.  I was heavily under the influence of Faulkner at the time; the piece was 4000 words of meanderingly complex sentences, a six-paragraph parenthetical aside, and other general obscurantism.  Further drafts did little to change the situation.  The story was rejected everywhere, and I filed it away.

When our son was born last October, we were getting no sleep, and I found it easier to refurbish some old stories, rather than trying to write all-new material.  I resurrected this story: cut the parenthetical aside, cleaned the sentences up, slashed a good thousand words, but left its striving literary soul in tact. Sent it out into the world.  Rejection, rejection everywhere.

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of crime and science fiction.  Not all of it is good, but a lot of it is killer.  The key: story.  Not two-dollar words, not clever thoughts cleverly expressed.  Story.

So I took the serious knife to St. Teresa Of Avila’s Day, cut that son of a bitch down to 700 words.  Lean and mean, no bullshit, nothing but story.  Sent it to a couple crime mags.

Shotgun Honey took St. Teresa Of Avila’s Day 2 days later.

Folks, I think I’ve learned my lesson.

 

Rejections #184, 185, 186, 187 – Contrary, Redivider, Bete Noire, Shotgun Honey

Contray was so fond of my submission they invited me to submit again.  To the next issue.

Shotgun Honey encourages me to take another shot, with another story.

Bete Noire didn’t think my piece was very engaging.

Redivider thanks and appreciates me and my writing, but &c.

 

Rejections #177, 178, 179 – TriQuarterly, Clarkesworld, Shotgun Honey

Some day.  All these arrived in my inbox today (and there’s still a good two and a half hours of day to go):

Clarkesworld thanks me but the story isn’t quite &c.

TriQuarterly thanks me, but the story doesn’t &c.

Shotgun Honey thanks me for taking the time but &c.