Submission Bonanza!: Racking up Rejections, or 30 LitMags in 31 Days

27 07 2013

What a great idea!

Lightning Droplets

I found this thought-provoking post the other day about The 100 Best Ways to Becoming a Better Writer on thecopybot.com.  Some of them are interesting ways to meet characters, such as “74. Sell insurance, cars or newspapers face-to-face for two months.”  A lot of them are imaginative and funny.  Some of them are just things you know you need to do, like “3. Write over a thousand words a day.”

But the one that really stood out to me and inspired me most was Number 66.

Rack up Rejections.

I haven’t been doing a lot of this.  I haven’t really been doing any of it.  In the past 10 years, I’ve maybe submitted work to 5 literary magazines.  At this rate, all my writing will sit quietly on my computer and collect digital dust until I die or my computer dies, and either way it will be lost forever. (Note to…

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27 07 2013
Carol

re: racking up rejections… Reminds me of the advice for job hunting about changing the way you think about rejections when looking for a job. The idea is that somewhere there are a certain number of rejections that you will simply have to suffer through before you get a job. The author’s sage advice is, thus, to apply for as many jobs as you can and get your rejections as quickly as possible in order to get them over with so you can finally get that job you really want… Now I suspect that the logic of this is somehow faulty, but the idea really cheered me up

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27 07 2013
dorothyanneb

yes. Just cos one place rejects you it doesn’t mean another won’t love you…in all areas…

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