Today we’ll be talking about the etiquette of submissions, and I will give you a gift so big you won’t even be able to understand how awesome it is, probably for years to come: Submissions Guide For Creative Writing Students.
Useful Links I forgot to put in the guide
- Fee-based Subscription models: Duotrope, Publisher’s Marketplace
- Non-fee-based Subscription model: Submittable,
- Non-fee-based sites:New Pages, Entropy’s Bimonthly Where to Submit
Dealing with rejection
- It happens. It happens a LOT. Get used to it or get out.
- The best and most productive responses to rejection
- Use the revolving door approach. A rejection comes in, a submission goes out. That’s right. Send the work back out into the world. Remind yourself that every rejection is subjective. EVERY REJECTION IS SUBJECTIVE.
- Use the feedback. If you get feedback, take it as a gift. If you get the same feedback more than once, consider revising the work based on that feedback (or as Tim Federle said, “take the note!”)
- The “almost” rejection is still a resume builder.
- Everyone experiences it. There is a difference between a public face and the nitty gritty happening behind the scenes. For example, if you look at my writer page, you’ll see a ton of publications and the name of my agent. Here’s what you won’t see:
- Query stats for my first novel: 64 queries, 3 full requests, no offers. Translation 61 QUICK rejections, 3 SLOW rejections with some great feedback. I put that book away and moved on to my writing/querying second novel.
- My current Submittable page for journals/magazines: 7 in-progress, 40 rejections, and 11 acceptances.