Wild on Wednesdays
Genre: Dark Fantasy
“Life is different among the dead.”
When he is needed to bring in one of the most dangerous creatures for containment, Feast is faced with a decision that may make him the next power source.
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Eden Royce is a native of Charleston, South Carolina whose great-aunt practiced root, a type of conjure magic. She now wishes she’d listened more closely. Her stories have appeared in anthologies by Kerlak/DarkOak Press, Sirens Call Publications, and Blood Bound Books. Besides writing, her passions include roller-skating, excellent sushi, and listening to thunderstorms.
That Rejection May Not Be (Completely) Your Fault
We’ve all been there. Getting a rejection from a publisher. I’m not sure which is worse: waiting or receiving a rejection. I’ve experienced both and have learned to deal with them.
For the first time, however, I’ve had to send out rejections. As submissions editor for a small press, I now have an additional viewpoint on the rejection process and there are two types of reasons your story may get rejected.
Those you can control and those you can’t.
The ones you can control are what you read about in almost every how to writing guide out there. Easy things that all writers should do:
-Check for your work for spelling and grammar issues before you submit.
-Send in work that is the genre that the publisher publishes.
-Format your manuscript the way the publisher asks.
-Send your submission or query with a professional, yet personable cover letter/email.
I’ve spoken with editors that will reject your work solely for the above. It seems harsh, but there are a lot of people that do follow the presented guidelines and publishers tend to take following their rules as a sign that you’ll be easy to work with. (Who doesn’t want that?)
Other things you can control that are not so easy:
-Craft a fresh, interesting, well-paced story with engaging characters.
-Ruthlessly self-edit to make your dialogue snap and your plot “un-put-downable”
-Find the time to read (in and out of your genre) to improve your exposure to styles and literary devices used in fiction.
There are reasons your story will get rejected that you have zero control over. And once you’ve assessed the above, your rejection may be because of one of the following:
-Your story is too similar to one the company has already accepted for publication.
-Your story doesn’t have the tone the publisher prefers. (Publishers are looking for an intangible element that is impossible to put into words. It’s a “I’ll know it when I see it sort of thing”.)
-Your story doesn’t “fit” with the others they’ve already chosen for an anthology.
-Editors just don’t like to read some things. They’re human. It may be a particular point of view or tense or a certain period in history. Most times, a call for submissions will state absolute no-no’s for the publication like no profanity or no child endangerment.
One such list you may have seen before is from the submissions page of Strange Horizons’ website. Strange Horizons is a well-regarded online speculative fiction magazine and their list of “Stories We’ve Seen Too Often” has been referenced and reprinted by many publishers of speculative fiction. http://www.strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction-common.shtml
It isn’t all-inclusive and it doesn’t hold true for all publications, but I’m using it as an example that there are storylines that won’t appeal to certain publishers, even though your story is otherwise well put together.
So take heart when you get a rejection. It isn’t always you.
Receiving a rejection does mean you’re finishing and submitting your work and that’s something to celebrate.
Many thanks to Eden for writing a marvellous post for us today, with an insiders take on every writers nightmare the dreaded 'rejection' and as a veteran 'rejectee' it's nice to know, that perhaps sometimes - It wasn't me!
If you're an aspiring author, I do hope that you found Edens article useful in your quest towards mainstream publication and if you have any thoughts or notions on the post, please feel free to comment away, as we love to know what you're thinking.
Thanks for stopping by today and I'll be back tomorrow with a little Halloween madness, and then again on Saturday with a fabulous Book Blog Tour for you to sink your teeth into.
[All images supplied by Eden Royce]