Kills Him

Woohoo! Got my first rejection letter this week. It’s strange how being rejected can make me feel so good. I’m sure the novelty will quickly wear off, but for now it’s nice just to be in a situation where I have a story I’m happy enough with to submit to publishers, and that story has (at least in part) been read and evaluated.

I’ve already sent it off to a different magazine, so fingers crossed for that one. It’s spurred me on to get my next one completed, and I’m well under way, which has meant precious little time to dedicate to writing on or reading WordPress. I’m very excited about my new story though. For one thing it’s quite heavy on dialogue, which is a first for me I must say. It’s particularly enjoyable as the bulk of the speech is from the antagonist, who is utterly repugnantย and talks about things that I suspect many of us think, but never say or act upon. So. Much. Fun. It’s quickly turning into my favourite thing I’ve ever written. The featured image of this blog, in case you were wondering, is a snapshot of my brainstorming process – the words ‘kills him/her’ seem to appear quite frequently of late…

As I’m dedicating every available writing moment to the story, I haven’t got any new tidbits of flash fiction to post this week. Instead, I would like to point you in the direction of Jane Dougherty’s blog, as it always has some outstanding work and I thoroughly enjoy reading it. This is a recent one, a bit of a tear jerker to be honest, very beautiful. Congratulations also to Jane for her new YA release Abomination.



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  1. Jamie, I’m not going to say I like this post per se, but I do like that you’re putting your writing out there. As you probably know, Stephen King was said to keep a stack of rejection letters he got (early in his career) and he once nailed them to a wall in his writing room. In any case, I view ‘rejection’ as a part of the process and a temporary waystation; keep writing, because–if I can do it, you can!–here’s my anecdote: I had to go to 3 different markets to get one interested in publishing one of my stories (but it is forthcoming now in an anthology), so keep at it, revise, perfect, and trust yourself (if you are in love with the story, you want to listen to critiques, but you also want to keep submitting that story until, I’ve heard, you’ve submitted 20-30 times, especially if it’s something you have gotten some ‘close, but no cigar’ responses or personalized rejections for). Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Leigh, I completely agree about it being part of the process, and if anything it has simply spurred me on even more. I’ll continue to try and find a market for it, and subsequent stories too. Congratulations on being part of the anthology too – when will you be releasing details of it? The last blog of yours that I read about it didn’t specify, so apologies if you have posted more details since.

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      1. No, I haven’t. It’s slated for 2017. I also just got another “nibble” (bite?) from another publication (exclusively) online that they want to publish one of my stories. It, too, is rather open-ended. I’ll post them both on the blog when they come to fruition. Happy writing, Jamie–I hope your weekend’s been productive!


        1. It has been a productive weekend actually. I finished a first draft of my latest story so will be working on polishing it this week ready for another submission. My brain is already buzzing over what to do next. This coming weekend will definitely be a brainstorming one and I’ve taken some good photos to get me started after accidentally (on purpose) stumbling into a derelict army base on Saturday.. Whoops.
          Congrats on your new bite! Well done you.

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  2. Hi Jamie,
    Good luck with your story, I understand the being pleased with a rejection letter thing; at least I have got this far was my thought.
    I will go in search of Jane Dougherty’s Blog (your link wouldn’t work for me) Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ˜‡.

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    1. Thank you Ellen – my thoughts eactly re the rejection. It’s an important stepping stone in my quest to get something published and I’m pleased to say I’ve done it. Next step, re-submit that one, write something new, submit that, repeat!
      I have changed the links to Jane’s blog now so hopefully they will work if you try it again.

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  3. Thank you, Jamie. Now I know where Ellen came from ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you many more rejection letters. That will mean you’ve sent out many more stories. So many places don’t even both to acknowledge receipt never mind send out a personal rejections, you should think yourself lucky. After the first fifty or so I developed a thick skin where rejection is concerned. Keep at it, keep writing, and don’t let the bastards get you down ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Jane! I intend to get many more ๐Ÿ™‚ I won’t let them get me down. If anything they just motivate me even more. Considering this time last year I hadn’t written a thing, nor would I ever have sent anything to a publisher, I’m just so happy to be where I am now. Onwards and upwards!

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  4. LOL I forget what they say statistically, how many times you must get rejected before you get published.
    But you’re one step closer.
    Keep at it, glad to see you have such a positive outlook, I’m sure your novel will be a bestseller. ๐Ÿ™‚

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