The Love: I know there is a saying or colloquialism about persistence, or grindstones or something of that nature but to put it into layman’s terms: keep at it!
My story, Only Our Dust Shall Remain, was accepted into the Malicious Malpractices Anthology from Library of Horror Press! This is my 2nd Library piece and truth be told, this little tale was pared down, polished, went out to 3 other markets, and was prettied up again before receiving the final stamp of approval from LOH.
It is also one of my more gruesome tales, and I figured if it was rejected, I was going to have to take a magnifying glass, pair of tweezers, vacuum cleaner and perhaps a blowtorch to the piece to rip it apart and make it publishable because there must have been a reason why no one wanted it. Poor little orphaned story…Luckily, it didn’t come to that and I’m pretty stoked about it, to tell you the truth!
I also know that sometimes, if a certain story gets rejected multiple times, there may be a reason why. But there is also hope that maybe you just haven’t found the right market yet.
Anyway, keep your eyes on the blog here for publishing details and in return, I’ll get to work on the story page and my little Inklings post so you can see how such a sick & twisted little story could come from someone as unassuming as I.
(Apparently the acceptance has made me a little delusional…)
The Hate: Okay, so it isn’t exactly hate, but I also received a rejection in my inbox yesterday.
Bummed? Yeah. But I dusted myself off and sent the story back out. Hopefully it, too, will find a home somewhere in the not-too-distant future. Gotta keep on keepin' on, ya know?
In the meantime, I have 3 WIPs on the go at once, with a few more calling to me from the backburner. So far, the ideas are behaving but if I don't finish them soon, they will start to get angry. And no one wants to see a WIP when it gets angry…
Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:
- Aaron Polson: WIP Wednesday – You're a Writer, so WRITE
- Cate Gardner: WIP Wednesday- Here There Be Things
If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.