Yesterday was a down day for me. I received four–that’s right FOUR–rejections in one day. Two were for short story submissions, one was a shortlisted short story that didn’t make the final cut, and the last was a novella with requested rewrites that didn’t quite make the grade.
However, at the end of the day, I did receive an acceptance for a micro horror story by Drabblecast. It will be my first story turned podcast, which is pretty exciting. I’ll post a link once it’s available to listen to.
I also received a request for an updated bio for an article I have coming out in The Bulletin, which is the SCBWIs industry magazine. That’s pretty cool, too. My website, article, and bio will pass before thousands of writers, agents, editors, and publishers of children’s stories.
So what did I learn, children? Two things:
First, there are days you sell and days when you don’t. Sure it sucks when you get four rejections in one day, but that’s the way it goes.
Second, publishing is a balance of finding the right person who connects with your work. For two of my pieces, I have made that connection. I can now lay them to rest in my “Published and Dead” file in Word. One less thing, right?
I hope none of you ever have to face four rejections in one day, but if you do, I hope that at least God will show mercy and throw a bone or two for a couple publications as well. Like He did for me.