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Happy New Year 2020, Indeed!

Wow, wow! Incredible.

We’re already fifteen days into this new year and decade. πŸ™‚

Yeah yeah, time is indeed relative, but I feel like the days are just gliding by!

In between working and other responsibilities, I finally had the pleasure to sit down and organize a little something I call my Writer’s Binder.

I start off with a cover page, which showcases an enlarged inspirational quote:

Binder 2019

Or I will search for several quotes that I strategically choose to motivate me to work through the negative orchestra rising to a crescendo of doubt inside my head. It’s a tried and true practice that I’ve adapted to strengthen and plant me in a positive, growth mindset, and these quotes are intended to subdue said orchestra that blows any shred of optimism I dare hold with the bombastic doom that rivals,Β O Fortuna (Carmina Burana).

If only doom could be this adorably absurd . . . and vibrantly green.

I also embellish the binder with items I love, such as pop-up butterfly stickers, Hello Kitty stickers (yeah, I’m a girly-girl — and as of this year a “nerdy” girly-girl):

The interior includes January-December Table of Contents Divider tabs, which allows me to keep track of every submission, rejection, and upcoming calls for submissions all year long! πŸ˜€

Writer Binder_Month Tabs

I’m still in possession of that lovely and useful Rejection Bingo sheet, which I found online:

I will once again use this item to keep track of the handful of misfit stories that I’ve been unable to sell as of yet. Yet. That’s right. It may not have happened yet. But it will. Growth Mindset!

Thank you, Naruto! Thank you! I do! I do. ::weeps sparkling tears of joy as glittery rose petals appear mysteriously:

Likewise, the more I submit, the higher chances I have to selling more. No self-rejection allowed!

One of my fellow writers has finally sold a story that has been rejected several times and it’s nearly a decade old! I’m so happy for her and look forward to posting its birthplace on this blog. πŸ™‚

No writer could hope for more, yes? πŸ™‚

 

Island of the Misfit Stories and What To Do About Them!

islandofmisfittoys

Toys from the Island of Misfit ToysΒ 

When I was a kid, I loved watching Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys. The toys were considered misfits because they possessed some defect and nobody seemed to want them. For example, there is a cowboy that rides an ostrich, a bird that swims, a winged bear, and a boat that can’t stay afloat — to name just a few!

And sometimes, our stories don’t seem to fit anywhere. We may often wallow about in self-pity giving into “writer’s block”, which probably isn’t even a thing. Well, according to, Terry Pratchett.

Terry Pratchett_quote

Regardless, time and time again, our stories come back rejected. And with each return, our will to keep submitting diminishes.

But, don’t despair!

Below are ways I’ve come up with to soldier on and write on when your short stories — just don’t seem to fit anywhere — and come back unwanted when all you’re aching for is some reader love. πŸ˜‰

Play Rejection Bingo

This is an effective way to keep track of common trends or reasons as to why each story has been rejected by editors. Sometimes, you may not get any feedback at all. Sometimes, a form letter is all that haunts your email. Now, I don’t use this method because it’s fun, (when is rejection ever fun? LOL) but I’m a visual lady and this is another way to keep track of the bigger picture. After gathering feedback and you notice that there’s a trend in the reasons why your story is being rejected address the issue and fix it. Here’s one of my rejection bingo sheets:

Rejection Bingo

Revise your story

Share your story with writers and readers in order to gain priceless feedback about the story. Then, try submitting to another market. Even after you’ve revised and edited further, if that fails, consider paying an editor to look at your work — preferably one that is an expert in the genre you’re writing for. Carefully consider the feedback you receive and make changes accordingly, which will increase the likelihood of an acceptance letter and a contract! πŸ™‚ Ooh la la!

Try a different market

Oh yes, yes, yes! Please do this! You see, what didn’t work for one editor (after all, they are indeed people with different preferences and needs for their particular audience) may suit another just fine. Try it. Don’t self-reject!

Consider Independent Publication

This option isn’t a personal favorite of mine, but there is indeed a market for short story anthologies. What most likely won’t work for me, may work for you. However, being new to this I won’t be taking this route. Yet. πŸ™‚

Consider Traditional Publication

This choice will be easy if you’re Stephen King or another well-known author. If you’re not, then you will need to find an agent or publisher who wants to publish short stories from a new or not as well-known writer. This route isn’t impossible, but it will be difficult.

Post for Free — (Huh?)

You’re probably shaking your head wondering why I mentioned posting your hard-earned stories for free, especially after I supported the argument against it when I reblogged Aimee King’s The True Cost of Free. Well, I’ve reflected on of safer ways of doing this (still be careful and protect your work), which will also increase reader interaction, and potentially further cement the foundation for your author brand and platform. If you have a decent mailing list of trustworthy and faithful readers, share your work with them for free. After all, they love hearing from you and have trusted you with their email address. It doesn’t have to be the entire story. An excerpt is fine, too. You can also offer a free sneak peek of your work in order to funnel in new subscribers.

With that said, I’ll be going on a temporary blog hiatus, starting tomorrow! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday to you and Happy Writing! πŸ™‚

Anyone For a Game of . . . Rejection Bingo?

Well. The time has come, folks.

::rubs hands::

Here’s my score sheet for a short story that I can’t get through The Gates (published). No one wants to give this story a home. It’s loveless. It’s homeless. And I just want to weep. So, I forced myself to see the “bright side”: what prize can I give myself once I’ve completed an entire board? Or even an entire column?

Hmm. I don’t know. Leave me some ideas in the comments.

The only perk about this Short Story Rejection Dance is that I didn’t receive form letters. Maybe if I can swallow my YouTube shyness, I’ll read some of them.

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Rejection Bingo

My husband’s foot. It’s almost like a rabbit’s foot for good luck except it’s not severed. πŸ™‚

Also, in a previous post, I had mentioned The Book. This book, Guide to Literary Agents 2018 will help me to accumulate more and more rejections? Unfortunately, yes. And hopefully some acceptances, too!

5kph and Literay Agents

5,000 Words Per Hour just helps with me writing more. πŸ™‚