So, I submitted a story titled “Plagued” to two different magazines. I received two very different responses. One was a definite critique with both positive and negative feedback. The other was a crock of crap, delivered by someone who really shouldn’t be in a position to speak with writers directly. It was the most unprofessional rejection I’ve ever received.
Why am I posting this? Aren’t I the same girl who posted “I Can Sang”? Yes, it’s true. But this is not a post to bitch or complain. It is a post to encourage other writers to ALWAYS write to please themselves first, then find an editor who agrees with you, offering good feedback to make your piece truly better.
Here are the two replies. I have left the responding editor and their magazines unnamed. Feel free to read this story for yourself under the ‘flash fiction tab’ and give me y0ur feedback. Don’t worry, I won’t blog about it later!
“I kinda got a thing from this story that it was kinda religious. I’m not at all into that either. I really didn’t know what the hell was going on either. I’m not so much into the heavily surreal stories. I prefer more of a concrete kind of tale.”
“Upon review, I’ve decided not to purchase it. The
reason for this is chiefly the interaction of the title (The Tenth Plague) and the piece itself. Without the title, we wouldn’t have enough information to
glean some significance from the narrative, and with it, we know the
conclusion (or at the very least two possible conclusions) before
setting out. The writing itself rather expertly puts together an
atmosphere of tension which is done a disservice by the “spoiler,” if
you will, of the title.”
So, my friends, the point of this post is to keep writing. Keep writing from your heart, keep sharing stories you love, which you yourself would want to read. And hopefully along the way, it will come across the desk of an editor who believes in the story as much as you do, but has the eye to see things you can’t and make it even better.