I’m writing this post because I hit a record amount of submissions (for me) and that number is TWELVE, which might not seem like a lot, but I work full time and I am studying at uni. I’ve dared to dabble with five PRO submissions, and two of them are Writers Of The Future (WOTF) submissions – I’ve even submitted for this quarter on the second day because of the belief that IF I was to go pro and be ineligible, I could have that one last shot with WOTF. Is that vain? Probably. Having said that the other seven subs are with pro-markets, and a couple have made their way past the slush readers to a point where an editor will take a look, or perhaps they are just sitting being considered for publication… This is all good news for me, and comes on the back of some pro advice to send some more work in (its almost good enough – but not quite). I have 2 horror pieces in play, two fantasy stories, and eight science fiction.
On the down side, I may have my subs all wrong: I may find that I’m knitting pink seven-toed socks, and all the markets I’ve sent to are after six-finger gray mittens. You can never tell. But I’ll keep all three toes crossed, and I’ll let you know if (a) I can up this count to 13 or more, or (b) that I’ve been successful.
The thing is, that you have to stay positive (for your stories) after all, it’s not my stories’ fault that I sent it on to the wrong place, where there are already 14 pink socks and mine now makes 15. Trouble is you never get to find that out. Trick is to find a site / editor / publication that likes your work, and send on more of your work to that place and see.
So, now to see if I’ve jinxed myself. And that’s it from me. Oh, is that three rejection emails in my in-tray…