I think I have discovered the reason for a recent spate of rejections. My work is not scary enough for horror and too gritty for literary or mainstream markets. I might fit in better into the experimental markets, like Literary Chaos, although I don't usually play with the form of the story.
Where does a story about a homeless man who gets a job digging holes for the mob fit in. Or the story of a man who watches a lightening strike only to find out later that it killed a woman?
I don't either.
If anyone has any suggestions, other than "why don't you just make it scarier to fit into a horror market," or "just take the grit out and someone will take it if the writing is up to par," I would love to hear it.
Thank you, Felicity Dowker, for linking me to her sight. She is an amazing woman with quite a hot streak right now. Truly an up and comer in the writing community and a credit to us all.
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