...actually, by this time, my first three rejections for the first sci-fi story that I've decided to start circulating to publishing venues.
So far I've racked up form-letter rejections from Clarkesworld (" Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now."), Apex ("Too frequently seen storyline, Fails to hold interest"), and from the very best, Asimov's ("Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now.")
This is quite an impressive list of venues that have rejected my story and I hope to continue this trend for quite some time!
Congrats. I have 3 pro rejections too. Unfortunately, I am lazy and haven't submitted it anywhere. Part of the problem is, I don't really like the story and so the rejection that said, well written story about X and y, but not for us kinda summed up my own personal feelings about the story. I do think it is well written, I just don't like it. And hard to keep sending it out when I don't really believe in it. I initially started sending it out cause nothing to lose, not cause I like it and at some level, I don't want this story to be my first publication. Maybe sending it out to someone else should be my goal for this week.
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quote:After the first thousand it gets a little old...
Don't mind Robert. One thing you'll learn is that, past a certain point, nobody's progress arc matches anyone else's. One person's struggles don't necessarily have to every person's struggles. Write, submit to paying venues, and go write some more. These are the only commandments. Good luck.
quote:My method has been to submit to leading venues first - why not? - and to resubmit to the next as soon as I've been rejected by the last.
I do the same. I have a spreadsheet that contains the markets I'm interested in and lists their pay/word, circulation, etc... I just sort the list by what I care about most and then just go down the list.
I'm thinking the rule-of-thumb is that you attach no significance to any rejection or acceptance...
(Individual stories and rejections...well, I think one of my poems went up to about forty rejections...as for stories, a couple went up past ten, most not that many. Though with them, I decided that even if new markets opened up I wasn't going to submit my earliest stories. They sucked, I eventually realized.)
((It was the rejection of my good stuff that made me bitter...))