Tag Archives: rejection

One down, ninety-nine to go

Yesterday I received my first rejection in the current round of submissions. I was pleased because the rejection was quick. The whole text of it was “I’m sorry, but this is not for me.” Perfect – it said “no”, and … Continue reading

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How I didn’t cope

I’ve had some ups and downs with internet, phone and so on, plus a changing work schedule over the last couple of weeks, so I’ve been extremely irregular about the blog. A lot of things have happened in my writing … Continue reading

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Professional behaviour

A couple of weeks ago a link went around some of the forums I’m on. The site was a blog where the blogger reviewed books. He’d given a review which the author wasn’t happy with, and she responded very unprofessionally. … Continue reading

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Pass the chocolate

Today I’m pumped about being a writer, and about the possibilities of living on my work. Why? Because today was Mission Submission day in Thessalon. Mission Submission is not only the name of my office on Zoetrope, but also the … Continue reading

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To simsub or not to simsub

Simsubs – or simultaneous submissions – are a bone of contention in the writing world. A simsub is when an author submits a story to two or more publications at the same time. I just took a quick look at … Continue reading

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Refilling the well

News flash! I haven’t written a story, a poem, an essay or anything like that for a whole week – not since I finished up the first draft of “The Swan Harp”. I think I’ve temporarily written myself out, and … Continue reading

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Next – what’s wrong with this story?

I’m on the home stretch of this novel. I am working on a long scene now, and it’s almost done. After that I have six more scenes to go, three of which are short, and three long. I’m aiming at … Continue reading

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