Well I got my first electronic rejection this morning.
I submitted a story written from a prompt from @jaymgates on twitter. She is one of the editors of Little Death, an up and coming publication branching from Crossed Genres. Actually, I received two prompts that evening. The second did not fit the guidelines for LD, so after some editing I will be looking for a home for “She Brings the Sun.”
However, back to the REJECTION! I really could make someone wiggle uncomfortably, but I am not going to. I pulled out my story this weekend and I agree with the rejection. The voice is much too passive. I need to dig in it a bit. Find the characters and let them speak instead of dictating what they do. I will probably rewrite it this weekend and resubmit.
Now people deal with rejection in different ways. Some, ignore it. Some take it too much to heart. Some blow it out of proportion. And some, take it as advice and work to improve their writing. I hope that when I do get a rejection, I can at least get some short note as to why it was. Like this one “too passive.” That is something I need to remember to watch when I write. The old telling not showing voice.
For those who read the slush piles, I thank you. To those who give us even a tiny comment, thank you again. To those who take the time and point out a few things, well you have (mine at least) ever lasting gratitude.
So this means three shorts to edit, rewrite, and submit; Two longer stories to complete; and one novel to work on. I have enough to keep me busy for a while.
I am still working on getting through “The Historian.” I am not very please with this book. Sure it is beautifully written, but I am not connecting well with the characters. Perhaps it is the format of bouncing between letters and what is going on. I hope it gets better soon because I will be sorely disappointed.
Next book up will be “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I won this one in a blog contest and I cannot wait to read it.