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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Username: Chrishayden

Post Number: 7717
Registered: 03-2004

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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:46 am:   

Now, my question is, what next

(Generally you view editors like you view lovers. When one dumps you the best way to get over it is to get another one.

I usually have compiled a list of publications or editors or publishers to send a work to. When the first one rejects it I send it out again to the next one. And so on and so on.

Most of the time the rejection is general. So you don't know if your story stank, or it did not fit the magazines needs, or it was too long or too short, or they already had one like it, or what.

If you do not get a specific reason, then go on.

There are some editors who just reject anything from a first time author out of hand. They only start considering or responding specifically after they have rejected you several times.

They call themselves breaking you in, making you pay dues.

If you have NEVER EVER had anything published before you can play this game with them.

If you have, screw them and go to someone else.)

What if they ask you to show more passion in your writing. How do you do that?

(This is just general bushwah. If they tell you that ask them how or where or what do they mean or, better yet, ask them for an example--writer or story.

If they don't reply they were bsing you. They do that, too, you know. They are human.)

What if they asked for more personality?

(See above)

The pain of rejection is hard. How do you get through it and not try to defend your position

(You got to get over it. The first thing Professional Wrestlers learn is how to fall without injuring themselves, because in their game they are going to fall a lot.

The first thing a writer has to learn is how to take rejection, because you are going to get rejected a lot.

Isaac Asimov said he used to get rejected all the time, even after he got famous. Walter Moseley tells the story of his publisher, who'd published all his Easy Rawlins mysteries, rejecting his science fiction.

You can be rejected for many reasons.


After you send one thing out, start to work on another one. I generally have several projects up in the air at any one time.

One gets rejected, screw it. I'm on something else.

Martha Bass, God Rest Her Soul, a gospel singer (and mother to David Peaston and Fontella Bass) used to say you better have a rubber butt if you get out here cuz you gonna git kicked in it a lot.

And so it goes.

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