always with the rejections
I got two rejections this week. One was from an agent I had queried about my novel The Sleep of Reason. I’d sent the query back in October. I’m not surprised that it would take this long to get a response. Given my track record lately, I’m surprised I got a response at all. Is it just me or has it become the norm for agents to simply not respond rather than send a rejection? No worries, though. That novel is now with the Amazon Breakthrough contest, so if the agent had expressed interest, I would have had a quandary. And no one likes a quandary.
The second rejection was for a short story that I’ve been fooling around with for a month or so. I regularly troll the Calendar at Duotrope’s Digest (send them some love in the form of cash), looking for calls that might match up something I have just sitting around. A few weeks ago I found one that looked possible, not likely but possible. I had to monkey with the story a bit since there were some content requirements, so I did, and then I sent the story in. The rejection — a form rejection — came this afternoon. Okay, fine. I didn’t have high hopes for it since I had to rig the story to meet their guidelines. And it was almost a spontaneous submission.
But I got back on the horse, as they say. I revised the story further, and it has already been submitted to another magazine. Onward!