Well, here we are. I’ve been cranking out works and entering competitions for about a year now. I have a total of two credits. I had a birthday recently, and got a rejection email at 1am. I have a total of two in the queue–one to a market that is not responding at all (they might be dead) and the other one is Three Day Novel. Kinda disheartening, you know?
Then it occurred to me: I have an large stable of work, written and rejected to various contests. It is easy to consider them as write-offs. After all, if the theme is orange rabbits, and you write something specifically to that theme, who else would publish it? Well, I am starting to think that some of these stories would not necessarily be dead losses after all.
I should actually go back and rework those stories, especially since I went to all the trouble of garnering feedback on the stories (as detailled under the tag ‘feedback’) The editors were kind (and brave) enough to give me feedback, I owe it to them to employ that feedback, rework the story, and submit it elsewhere.
There exist markets with continuously open calls for submissions. By concentrating only on themed contests, I have missing a significant percentage of the available markets for my work.
I’ve got some work ahead of me….