a “Lonely Road” rejection
Not long after I posted my last entry about having no news, I received a rejection in my email. It was for “The Lonely Road,” one of my Fathers and Sons stories that I’ve mentioned here once or twice. I’d sent it to a publication that had shown an interest in one of my other stories, and I thought it might fit with the theme they were pursuing, which was “doubt.” My protagonist is filled with self doubt, but I think they were more interested in religious doubt and losing the faith and all of that. I think I knew it was a stretch submission.
So I dutifully went to Duotrope’s Digest, where I record my submissions and their successes and found that “The Lonely Road” is out to four other publications right now. I hadn’t realized that. When did I ever get so ambitious?
So, onward, right?
Do you do anything different, better for tracking your submissions? I have no complaint about Duotrope, and the more reports I make there, the better their stats are for acceptance rates at publications. But I just wonder if there are alternatives.