Writing Submission Updates
by James L. Carey
Got my ninth rejection letter for a writing submission yesterday. Although those nine rejection letters are for about 5 different pieces that I’ve written over the past year. Is it strange that I’m excited for number ten? Double digits, baby.
Even though the responses I’ve gotten have been minuscule in their communication, I feel like every one helps me write a bit better. I wasn’t taking very many chances with what I was sending in the beginning and now I’m really working on refining what I’m doing rather than just hoping something sticks. Although if anything stuck, it would be really fantastic.
I’m really hoping to get something that Daily Science Fiction will love since I enjoy the work they publish, but so far no joy. Perhaps next time, DSF? Hmmm?
In the meantime I’ve been putzing around with my other blog creation, Classic Fiction Magazine. Is it a magazine?? Did I create an ezine just to combat the cold rejection I’ve received?
I just wanted a place to review movies and such that wasn’t on my main blog and I also wanted to make a place online where people could submit stories that would have been contemporaneous with Bradbury or the Twilight Zone or featured on X Minus One. I love those stories with a passion and although I enjoy much of the fiction published on the big boy semi-pro zines online, I think there just isn’t any room for classic style stories these days. And I won’t be using it as a venue for my own stuff, it’s purely for other writers, I have my blog and other places for that.
Also, I joined Scribophile because hell, it’d just be nice to hear an opinion once in a while. It’s a bit difficult to write in a vacuum and I don’t have anyone I can bounce ideas off of at the moment so to the internets I go. I have my doubts about it. But it reminds me of Zoetrope All-Story in the way you earn points for posting work by critiquing work except in a better format and a web design that isn’t stuck in 2001.
Fair thee well, chums.