I heard back from my submission to World Weaver Press for their Far Orbit space anthology. It was a rejection. If you can’t handle rejection, you have no business thinking about writing professionally. Comes with the territory.
I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so happy to get a rejection before. It might not have been right for their anthology, but it’s a solid story. So I’ll be publishing it later this week as my March eBook.
No folks, that blast of wind you hear isn’t the tornado carry Oz, the Great and Powerful away from Kansas. It’s me breathing a MASSIVE sigh of relief that I don’t have to write a novella in a week. A little over 1,500 words into Broken Mirror (my steampunk Snow White story), it’s clear that it is also not a short story.
A few thoughts on this turn of events:
- Yes, I could have just planned all along to self-publish Belle Starr, and possibly saved myself some stress.
- I’m glad I didn’t. Both times I’ve submitted to WWP, it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone–which is a very good thing. The first was a horror/ghost story and this one was a space adventure/sci-fi, both genres I’ve never tried writing before.
- The feedback on this piece wasn’t bad, just that it didn’t fit their vision for this particular anthology. They were looking for “modern” takes on space adventure, and mine ended up “space western,” which is not particularly modern.
- No, I didn’t start out trying to write a space western. That’s just what ended up coming out.
- I’m learning that I have a pretty strong, distinctive style, even when I try very hard to write different genres. Good information to have.
- With all that in mind, I’m probably not going to submit anything else this year. It’s just too much to manage alongside my eBook Every Month 2013 Self-Publishing project. I only submitted to Far Orbit because I got an invitation from their acquisitions editor.
- I still think there’s a place for small press publishing in my overall long-term plan, but I don’t think it’s part of the 2013 plan. The 2013 plan is about producing prose and getting over my fear of people reading it and reacting to it.
So, that’s that. Bad news: rejection. Good news: still on-schedule. Thanks again for coming with me on this crazy journey.