If such a thing can truly exist. I think it is by far the best rejection I received. This one from Abyss and Apex, for my story “Flesh and Tome”.
It was well received here, but after some thought we have decided not to accept it for publication.
I hope you’ll consider us again
I’ll take that. Now I just have to figure out where to try next. I’ve been working on Dragon Lords so much lately that I haven’t put too much thought into my shorter works. Anything else I would want to send around would likely need severe revisions. That’s called progress.
This week Scalzi is announcing the winners for his contest, so there is still hope for that also.
Started back to work this week. Nothing exciting so far, but hey, it was my first day. As wonderful as my summer with my family has been, it is good to get back to work and relieve myself of some of the pressing concerns that go along with being unemployed.
Edit: PodCastle was the winner. I really like listening to their stories. Maybe next they will read mine!
Received a rejection from Clarkesworld, sending it back out to Abyss & Apex.
Two stories out in two days. That is good in my book. This one is off to Asimov’s. I feel good about it. My application is strong this year.
Well, it was rejected at the first spot. Sent it to Strange Horizons now. Who knows what will happen. On the plus side of things, I didn’t write about anything they said they’d seen too much of.
That leaves me with two other stories to edit and send out. One a fantasy, the other a modern magic/mysticism story. One, the modern story, is my bingo story that I submitted to Shimmer sometime last year. They liked it, but pointed out some things that need a change. I’m finally getting around to that. I agreed with their assessment, I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to change the ending. So I left it sit for a while. I think I have that ending now, just need to execute. They are accepting submissions again, so maybe I’ll shoot it back to them and see what they think.
The other story was one I’d written for a game world and had been accepted until the magazine folded. I’ve edited it and made it truly my own. So, I’m excited to get that one out too. It ties in to my novel(s).
So that’s you know, coming along.
I just need to do another read through tomorrow (when I’m hopefully less tired) and I’ll send this one off to a contest. I’m hopefully. I like the story. We’ll see how it goes.