Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick updates from my desk.
- Another rejection came this week for the one short story that I have in circulation at the moment. And I sent the same piece out to one more venue. As I reported to my accountability partner yesterday, that brings us to 13 rejections, with responses awaited from 11 venues. (I’m sharing those stats publicly in part in response to this tweet.)
- Speaking of submissions: We’re nearing the six-month mark since I sent my picture-book manuscript to an amazing publisher that will, actually, consider unagented submissions (and yes, they warned up front that they “aim to reply within six months”). At the moment I’m feeling as though this one place is a kind of lifeline for the project. As much as I like to tout my Taurean stubbornness (see 1., above), I feel as though I may be running out of steam when it comes to placing it. (Maybe this is also why Allison K. Williams’s advice to “Clear Your Decks,” which I shared last Friday, resonated so strongly with me.)
- That sense of running out of steam—yes, well, I suspect that the same depletion is why I’m clinging to Jami Attenberg’s reassurance that we will all write again (even if I, for one, have nothing to add to the ongoing social-media proclamations of 2022 projects and goals-already-in-progress).