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Just when you least expect it

So I go to check my e-mail this morning, and there's a message regarding a recent submission. Oh well, I think. Another rejection. *opens it, reads* "Congratulations! Your story, 'Possession', has been accepted..."

Bouncing off the walls would not be accurate. I am sitting quite still. It's my mind that's doing all the ecstatic acrobatics. And there's a lot of grinning involved, too. Heee!

*attempts to be more serious*

So, anyway, the details:

"Possession" is going to be published by Peridot Books in their May 2003 issue. Not pro, but paying. They're even sending me a contract. That'll be a first. I'll have to make a copy of it for memorabilia's sake. :D

*mind bounds off again*

The site will be updated at some later point when I'm able to focus for more than two seconds at a time.



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Mar. 22nd, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
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Mar. 22nd, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
*laughs* What's there to sulk about? You can hardly expect to get published if you haven't tried. ;)

It does take a while, though. I didn't get my first paying publication until after a year of frequent submitting, and seven years before that of sporadically sending things out.
Mar. 22nd, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)
*Does the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*
Wow, congratulations!

I hate that my reaction to any unopened response has become "Ah, another rejection," when really I know no such thing. Par for this really really huge and confusing course we've committed to playing, I suppose. Still, that's neither here nor there right now, as this is a time for congratulation and celebration.

I raise my drink (vanilla coke, I'm afraid) to you. Onward!

Mar. 22nd, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: *Does the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*
Yes, and now I must celebrate by... starting on the second of my three essays. :P *repeats to self* Just eleven more days to go. Just eleven more days...

I always assume I've been rejected. Partly because I usually am, and partly because then I feel less disappointed when I am, and pleasantly surprised when I'm not. :) You'd get depressed pretty quick if you got your hopes up too high from the start.
Mar. 22nd, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: *Does the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*
Good luck on the essays. How much more do you have to do until you have your degree?

Oh, I also assume rejection. I just hate making that assumption. It would be nice to get to a point, sometime in the not so distant future, where rejection became the exception to the rule. But I think that's what all writers who actively submit are striving for.

While you can get pretty depressed by setting your hopes too high, you can also sabotage yourself into thinking "what's the point if I'm just going to get another rejection?" Double edged sword, that.

Mar. 22nd, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: *Does the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*
What I meant to write:

While you can get pretty depressed by setting your hopes too high, just to have them dashed, setting your hopes too low can sabotage you into thinking "what's the point if I'm just going to get another rejection?"

The writer's dichotomy: words in our heads and words on the page don't always match up the way we believe.


Mar. 22nd, 2003 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: *Does the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*
Ah, see, the way that works for me is, I'm an optimist in the general and a pessimistic in the specific. ;) I'm pretty damned optimistic about my chances of getting my stories published somewhere, of eventually moving up the ladder, etc.--one has to be that or insane to have a hope in hell of making a living at writing these days. However, with any given publication, I figure my chances right now are pretty slim. Like, I may figure one out of ten editors will take the story, but that means there's only a 10% chance that the editor with whom the story happens to be will be that one. (You can tell I've been doing too much schoolwork when I start expressing things in statistics. :P)

As a side note, there's a sort of feeling like with each publication my odds are improving. Like, if no one else will take a story, probably someone who's already liked one will like another. I have... connections, or something. Heh.

Re: my degree, I'm practically finished, just have to go back next year to do my thesis and one half course. (I started psychology a year late so I'm a bit behind.) Of course, I'm also planning on applying to grad school and doing at least an MA if not a PhD after that. *sighs* Though lately I've been feeling like, to hell with the psychologist thing, it's not worth five more years of intense schooling. Unless I figure out a way of stopping time so I can get a decent amount of writing done while still attending classes full time and working, I'll probably settle for the MA.

That said, if I should somehow produce a bestselling novel before that time... *chucks education plans out the window*
Mar. 25th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
Good for you...and yes, you do have connections now. By the time your sure-to-be-best-selling-novel is ready for publication, you’ll be able to open a lot more doors because you have the credentials-published short stories. You are a proven author, and the folks at the big publishing houses and literary agents are going to look at you in a different light. You are not a risk like the rest of us unpublished yahoos here in the slush pile.

Mar. 26th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
"Sure-to-be-best-selling"--I wish it was as certain as that. :) Unfortunately, I don't think a couple of minor publications makes that much difference to most publishers and agents--even pro sales of short stories doesn't guarantee you anything, because writing a novel is quite different from writing a short story, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who have one down pat but struggle with the other. So I'll still be sitting in the slush pile with the rest of you. Just means I might get looked on a little more kindly once they finally get to my cover letter. Which I certainly won't complain about... :)
Mar. 23rd, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
Congrats, kid. A taste of things to come. I knew you could do it, and will continue to do it, forever and ever, amen.
Mar. 23rd, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
Wow! Mucho congrats. You go girl!
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