Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Do I hear Three?

Rejection number 2 came in yesterday. It was from Spinetingler and I don't feel too bad. I was competing for one of six spots with 60 other people they had narrowed the field down to. I had a 10% shot and I didn't make it. I looked it over, found a market I though might like it and sent it off. Burnt Offering is one of those stories that is hard to categorize. It is not a mystery but it does have some suspense, it is not totally mainstream, nor is it literary. It is definitely not horror or science fiction, and there isn't a glimpse of fantasy in it. I hope that, eventually, it finds a home other than my filing cabinet one of these days.

Today I think I will edit my 2012 story and get that off by Friday. I am sure there are a multitude of glaring errors that I can find at first glance and a bunch of not-so-glaring ones on second glance. I just hope I can find the majority of them before I send it off.

Maybe today I will hear good news from an editor. Or maybe I will hear nothing at all. Anything other than a rejection.

9 comments:

Carrie Harris said...

You can send a story to me. I'll accept it. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thank Carrie. I might have to do that pretty soon.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I got another 2 this morning - what's up with 2009. :)

As our January's have so far sucked, perhaps February will be full of as many acceptances.

Jamie Eyberg said...

The month is still young.

Rob Brooks said...

I've got a couple stories like that, too, that are just too hard to pigeonhole. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just makes it hard to find a market. Keep trying, and goo dluck!

Natalie L. Sin said...

I'm having the same trouble with my Spinetingler rejection. I love "The Good Brother" but categories slide right off it.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Nat- I am glad I am in good company with that rejection. In a weird sort of way it makes me feel better.

K.C. Shaw said...

Ouch! Hey, third time's the CHARM, man. Good luck with the next market!

BT said...

Sorry to hear about the rejection. I'm sure it'll all pickup as the year goes on.

The amount you and Cate submit, I guess responses more often go with the territory. With the nature of this industry, I suppose that normally translates into more bad news as well, but also more acceptances then those of us who don't submit so far and wide/or often...

Keep throwing 'em out there. Good news is on the way.