I’m still finding my way with sending things out to lit. mags. Well, ok, to anywhere, really. I love to write, but spend ages rewriting and editing, trying to drag the story up towards being the sort of thing the better writer I want to be might produce.
I spent the last couple of months working on a thing I really wanted to apply for, trying very hard to write The Best Story I Have Ever Written. Turns out that sort of pressure isn’t the absolute best, creativity-wise, but it did result in a clutch of new story drafts, like a little nest of hatchling eggs. That metaphor is going to get weird if I try to continue it, but the upshot is that I’m now trying to rewrite and send out a few of them.
I really, really don’t sub enough, to the point that I’ve never had to write a cover email before, so the one I wrote for my first sub of this week was pretty embarrassingly awful. Happily (well, kind of) it resulted in a speedy, but very kindly-worded rejection, which afforded me the opportunity to write a proper email back to say thank you.
The second sub was via Submittable – easier not to blunder – and resulted in an even speedier ACCEPTANCE. Joy!
All in all, I reckon this subbing business might get to be kinda fun, given time. Wish me luck.