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The Resubmission Blues

It's been a while since I last sold a story. As of today it's 75 rejections, to be exact, and all of the short stories I wrote in 2013 are among them. I'm not quitting, not by a long shot, but I do have the resubmission blues... Play it!

Resubmission Blues
What do you do when a story comes back?
Your high-flying hopes got shredded by flak.
You'll send it back out; it's not chaff, it's pure grist!
But you've exhausted the 'zines on your pro-market list

When you had a dream like Martin L. King
But your story sales fly like a buffalo wing
You'll contemplate sacrifice in a fairy ring
Just to find out where to send the damn thing

Readers said, "Golden, not twenty-four carats."
"It has too many pirates and not enough parrots."
"Lacking in cardsharps and the plot is a shuffle."
"Gryffindor's good, but cut back on Huffle…"

It's a sell; no tale ever saw such a twist
But you've exhausted the 'zines on your pro-market list

When you had a dream like Martin L. King
But your story got knocked out of the boxing ring
You'll tie your soul to the devil with unbreakable string
But you still won't know where to send the damn thing


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 31st, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
Love it! (The lyrics not the situation, which I know well.)
Mar. 31st, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! I knew others could relate to the problem ;-)
Mar. 31st, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)
Most people do not understand statistics and averages. Random does not mean evenly spaced. Even random acceptances should come in clumps.

Alas, acceptances are not, in fact, random events. They are driven by editors and their needs. For me, I have had a number of stories which passed through, but they just had better stories or they just ran a story with a similar idea or even though they LOVED the story, it wasn't really for their market. In their opinion. And their opinion counts.

So... to recap. Droughts happen. Multiple successes happen. There are three ways to increase either of these happening. (1) Write more stories. (2) Submit more stories. (3) Submit more stories to the "right" market. (grin)

Dr. Phil
Mar. 31st, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
The Taste Factor! Sounds like a horrible TV show *G*

But I'm glad editors don't buy stories according to statistics. If they did, their magazines would be horrible.

I've made things harder for myself by submitting to top-tier markets, so of course I'm getting a lot of rejections. But the sales, when they come, will be sweet :-)
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm just happy to see you post something, Jakob, let alone a fine piece of humorous poetry.
Apr. 9th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ralan! I haven't been the most diligent blogger these past months. I guess I just haven't had much to say on the topic of writing. I'll be doing a post on archery soon, though :-)
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