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Making lemonade

Got an encouraging rejection for "Horns" from Ellen Datlow at Scifiction today. She calls the story "utterly charming" and says she likes it but doesn't like it's right for the site. Also recommends I send it to Realms of Fantasy, but sadly, they have already seen it and were not terribly enthusiastic. So, I will have to find another prospective home for this baby, but I've gotten quite a few positive comments on it, so hopefully it won't take too long for someone to snatch it up. :)

When I first saw the envelope, I had a minor panic that it was a rejection from an agent. (My self-defense mechanism, which I think I share with many writers, is to automatically assume any response is a rejection, so as to make an actual rejection somewhat less painful.) Four weeks since I sent out the queries. I'm starting to get a bit jumpy every time I got to the mailbox.

Have been playing with various story ideas but nothing's really grabbed me yet. My muse seems to be taking a week off. Probably deserves it. So tonight I'll just do some outlining on the Signi series and do a prompt or two.

And reading, of course. Always reading.



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May. 27th, 2004 01:20 am (UTC)
I always consider it 'waiting for the rejection letters' or that I add an envelope for the rejection letter... convince myself I'm actually aiming for the letter :) It does mean you have to read acceptance ones five times before clicking what they're on about though... :p
May. 27th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Hang in there...
It can take a while to hear from agents. The secret is trying to forget about the fact that you have the subs/proposals out there - easier said then done, I know :) Who did you sub to (just curious)?

- D
May. 27th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: Hang in there...
Yeah, I managed to forget for the first few weeks, but now that it's within a reasonable time frame for someone to reply... Of course, I only really think about it during the few seconds it takes to approach the mailbox once a day, so I guess I'm doing all right. ;)

My top three (the only ones I've queried so far) are: Lydia Wills (represents Francesca Lia Block), Elizabeth Harding (represents Jane Yolen), and Merrilee Heifetz (represents Neil Gaiman and Robin McKinley). Aiming high!
May. 27th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Exxxxactly, re assuming everything is a rejection so you don't get too let down. :)
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
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The Way We Fall
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Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
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self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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