The First Rejection

Hrm. I suppose I could also mention that I received my first rejection notice around 3 weeks ago.

That’s okay with me. I didn’t take it hard or personally. It was a piece I turned in for an anthology, and the response I got back was that they had a lot of response to the call for submissions and it didn’t fit their need. That could mean a lot of different things, so trying to guess exactly which one isn’t going to be productive. I did email to request any suggestions or critiques that could be offered to have made the story better, but I have not received a response to that request, and I don’t mind that either. It’s really not their job to offer that (but I’m operating under the impression that it doesn’t hurt to ask in case they do decide to answer).

The truth of the matter is it was a first short story, written without any training, seminars, lessons, workshops, etc. I had a couple of friends read it and offer suggestions, but they’re not professional authors or editors and don’t necessarily know what to look for. With some training and better understanding of what I need to know to make a story work, I’ve no doubt I’ll improve. I’ve certainly no reason to get worked up over the rejection of a story written without any training – that is my own fault and I know how to improve upon it.

That’s also something I hope the networking will help me with to some degree.

I need to publish up the story as a freebie so that I can ask others to critique it and offer suggestions, but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet.

~ by Adara O'Hare on September 12, 2010.

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