Ah well, everyone has to have a few rejections in their writing career. My first one came late last night. I submitted a short dark-fantasy piece called “The Snow Maiden” to Three Crows Press for their erotica issue, and they replied that it was “not what they were looking for.” I can only surmise that since the point of view character doesn’t obviously die (I preferred to leave the interpretation up to my Reader) that it wasn’t dark enough for their standards.
Despite the fact that I was understandably disappointed they did not appreciate a work created specifically for their zine, I wasn’t completely devastated. First, because I was half expecting it. After all, isn’t the first one always rejected anyway? Secondly, the story can certainly be submitted to other places as well, and I fully intend to do so once I find one that is suitable. Finally, while I think it was a good story, I was a bit rushed to finish it in time, and did not have a chance to get someone to look over and edit it. So, it is quite likely not the best story I could write at this stage. But I think it will be quite good.
Next, I must finish polishing my fairy short story which still remains nameless. I intended to submit it to at least one market before the end of the month. At this point, I’m not totally sure I will manage, since I also have a couple of papers to write and a presentation to work on by the same time. Still, I can always try.
So, I keep writing, and keep submitting. Easy, right? Sure.