Discussion in 'Publishing' started by deadrats, Aug 19, 2016.
Ha, and I thought I'd heard all the oddest names for magazines. The Opiate? The mind boggles.
A 120-day form rejection from The Cincinnati Review and a 65-day form rejection from The Sun. This long and plentiful rejection streak continues.
A 101-day form rejection from Creative Nonfiction.
Didn't know you wrote non-fiction.
I do sometimes and have actually sold more nonfiction than fiction. I've got one essay on submission. It's the one that was just rejected, but it's still out at a few other places. I've also got a new one that's sort of done. Needs a bit more work, but the whole idea is down on paper. Maybe just some polishing. Or maybe I'm a little nervous to submit it. I've learned that the more exposed you are in creative nonfiction, the more likely the essay will sell. Even when I'm happy with something I can't help but question myself and wonder how exposed it might leave me feeling if published. But I have also found that the biggest secrets or truths we can tell about ourselves, the more likely a piece is to sell
What do people mean by 'essay'?
Sorry if that's an odd question to ask of someone involved in the literary side of things but my experiences in writing are limited really. I mean I wrote essay's at school, I think, actually can't remember one at all but I'm sure I did, but I don't suppose the one has anything to do with the other.
Excitement is overwhelming. Wonder how long the high shall last? I'm reading the story over & over, the experience that improves with every narration. Breathe steady, steady...fantasise, world tour, come on e-mail.
Does sound exciting, world tour eh? I could say that I once read your short stories and was on the same forum as you, everyone would be asking me what you were like.
Maybe I'd have special lawyers? You get maybe a thousand for your silence, baby.
Ah right, so look around you and write about it. I know I wrote essay's at school but can I remember a single one, the memory is a strange thing.
You'd be lucky, I'd hold out for more, baby.
I don't have time to read all the replies so you might have heard this already. My own golden rule for writing is I only write for myself until I am happy with what I write. beyond that, I don't write for anyone at all - not even publishers. It either feels right or not. 25 submissions a month though ... that is pretty wow. I got my first book deal by ignoring submission rules. I did what felt best for me and I got a phone call. I hope this helps.
A 73-day form rejection from Bennington Review.
Same story as the last one with a quick two-week rejection from The Rumpus.
You're such a rebel. I write purely for the fame and fortune. No, just kidding. I probably write to impress my lover. It's been working for a few years. Being a writer is sexy. Paris Review rejection slips and such around the house. A handwritten note framed from a well-know editor. A first print out of my WIP novel that not a soul has read. Tell me that shit ain't hot. I like the lifestyle. I understand that quite a bit of rejection comes with it. I consider myself to be quite prolific. I like to spend my time reading and writing. But I don't know if I'm writing for myself. Maybe at first in the early drafts. But I think understanding contemporary fiction and the market can help a wrier somewhat shape their work accordingly. And that sort of thing is important when it comes to selling fiction or any sort of writing. Just my opinion.
I always thought that you wrote for yourself first and foremost because you loved to write, you have a story, something to say, and you want to put it down. I guess after that, where it goes from there, depends on want you want, no shame either way, published or not.
I know only one person who wrote with fortune in mind, because he'd got himself in a hole and wanted a way out; that was Jeffrey Archer. It worked for him but his writing has sparked more than a few debates.
If I only wrote for myself, I could keep all these stories in my head and skip the annoying step of trying to translate that to paper. I write to be read.
I guess I write because I love the act of writing, I love problem solving the sentences and figuring out the plot and all that...I am craft orientated, and the process of writing is enjoyable, challenging, frightening; and ultimately satisfying.
It was only lately that I considered publishing.
Actually I think Archer actually admitted as much, he was financially stuck and then he started writing books. Personally I think that his popularity owed much to the fact that was already well known and traded off that notoriety.
I've read a couple of his books, liked some of it but not all.
Yes, as @TE says 'I write for them, it is my gift to the world. I don't write for me. That'd be like @Krispee engineer - constructing a motor-driven rotating ass-tickling quill plugged to the mains and erected on the bedroom sideboard.
Have you made any of those @Krispee. I'm not too far away, y'know.. xxx
Yes, he's not 'admitting' is he? It's a romantic version.
Might have, but I'm not telling the world, ha.
Um, the bedroom?
Well, I guess we'll never know the actual truth. He seems to have a following like that of Patterson, another polarizing author.
He was a bit spooky on the R5 interview - whilst Lee Child was - cooool...
What's the R5 interview?
I've seen the odd interview with Archer, and yes he does come across something like that. Lee Child of course, will always be cool. Even though I don't read his books anymore.
Patterson was on Radio 5 the week after Lee Child. That's when I had my Lee Child week.
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