Obviously, I cannot name names of the many many many publications that have rejected the separately submitted six short stories that I deemed worthy of print publications (those not written for this site), nor may I do the same to the publication that I’ve now sent the entire collection to in one volume, but damn can I celebrate! Rejection, failure, or no reply at all won’t bring me down because I’ve worked my ass off to get here and it has been a long journey – some of the stories were written when I was 17, that is almost ten years to achieve the stamina and motivation to push through to this level. Whatever level this is, I am blessed by someone out there. It’s not all hard work, luck is absolutely involved in every choice our lives fork into.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I wrote a query letter for the collection and while it was obviously too long and I only edited it down after submitting the manuscript (ha – live and learn, “patience, young grasshopper”), I sent it anyway and am rather proud of how I kept the flowery dialogue to a minimum while still injecting flavor I would hope that enticed the query readers to continue on with the works described.
April 26, 2016 is the day that I begin to play catch up with my beta readers – or I’ll run circles around them, they have lives that distract from reading unlike this one writerly guy I know – for my full-length novel now that I’ve taken my usual month off from the work so as to read it fresh and without scabbing. Perhaps there are scars, but I pay for scars – no qualms there. And boy, dang, shoot, bonk-da-bonk, I’ll be free falling into the novel without a net. Luckily, I already wrote the query for it, so that is a ridiculous none issue.
At least I’ve heard that it never takes a year to hear back. /end of sarcasm
P.S. Thank you to my family, my girlfriend, and anyone who’s had to listen to me about almost finishing that novel for the passed three years – I’m so sorry haha