My reading challenge is going so swimmingly well that I’ve decided to burden myself with a second task-a submission challenge.
Because, face it, I’m not going to get my work published unless I put on my big-girl pants, buckle down and face the daunting reality of multiple rejections hitting my email box on multiple days.
My challenge? Submit to five markets/magazines/contests each week.
“Only five?” you might think. But trust me, gearing up the confidence level five times each week is no small feat.
So how am I doing?
Today I submitted two flash essay pieces and contemplated sending off five poems, which I thought were finished but alas, a poem is never truly finished. Poems are like bellies. They expand and shrink, grow impatient when hungry, become lazy if you eat too much. And always they gnaw at you, a little at a time. They are, I think, a lot like love.
But, back to the (gulp) challenge. Twenty submissions a month comes to about 250 a year. Hopefully, a few of those publications will accept my humble essays, short stories, poems, chapbook manuscripts and flash fiction efforts. Hopefully. Because 250 rejections would be extremely hard to handle (think of all chocolate I’d need to make it through such a year).
And who knows. Maybe my stubborn refusal (stupidity??) to allow my work to languish on my computer files will prompt others take on similar challenges. Because no story, poem or book will ever be perfect. At some point, we need to let it go, send it out into the big, bad world of editors, assistant editors, slush pile readers, etc., for cruel analysis, and move on.
And just to make it more fun, I’ll be posting my rejections/acceptances as they come trickling in (I have two already, which I’ll update at the end of the week).
Exciting news! A new editing business: Guess what? Author Kevin Brennan (whom I highly esteem) has started an editing business, Indie-Scribable. Isn’t the name wicked clever?
Here’s more from his recent blogpost over at What the Hell:
Welcome to my shingle-hanging announcement, folks! As of today, I’m open for business as an editor of indie books destined for publication on Amazon et al.
I’m calling the operation Indie-Scribable. Indie for the indie part, and “scribable” for scribes. Clever, eh?
Come on over and have a look at my brand-spanking-new website.
I haven’t talked about it on the blog, but for most of my career I was an editor. I started at a medical publisher back in St. Louis, copyediting three or four different journals — such learned organs as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and, my favorite, the Journal of Enterostomal Therapy! Oh joy.
Read the rest of Brennan’s post here.
More exciting news: I snagged an interview with book blogger and writer Julie Valerie, whom I admire so, so much. She’ll be dropping in for a bloggy visit later this week.
What I’m reading this week: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen and, well, I don’t know what my second book will be yet but trust me, I have a huge stack waiting by my bed.