It is now that I begin to see the real hard work of writing. I mean, in order to get 22 submissions in 30 days, I had to pretty much work on the submissions challenge every weekend day and some nights. Kindof like grad school.
Actually, it was grad school which made me believe I could do this. It was clear from finishing grad school that if I was disciplined, I could carve a good 15 to 20 hours of writing/reading/thinking time out of the average work week, with short bursts of up to 40 to 50 hours in seven days. Deciding to apply that kind of work load to writing was just the next step.
This month I have made 22 submissions. I received two “warmer” rejections, each with an invitation to resubmit, from literary magazines. I received five “stone cold” rejections, with one flash fiction piece getting a quick rejection twice. I wrote “what’s wrong with this story” on its line on the submission tracker and stopped submitting it for the moment.
I did not get a request of any type from any of the four #pitchwars mentors I queried. Although I’m sure I’m not alone, it was a disappointment. Made me feel like back when I was in 7th grade, and I wasn’t one of the popular girls. Perhaps I will try again next year. To the organization’s credit, they didn’t charge me or any other contestant anything, which given some of the other contest fees could be seen as quite generous.
Last month I wrote that I was willing to pay to make submissions and enter contests. I spent $73 submitting stories this month, mostly for three contests. In addition, I paid $8.50 for the Literistic List of the Month, which was pretty helpful. During the second half of the month, I saw several more contests I might have entered. But it just cost too much. By the end of the month, I had run through my budget for submitting and was only submitting to free markets. We get paid on the first of the month around here. I had to cut back.
So, to sum up the stats: 9/22 to 10/22
Personal or warmer rejections: 2
Stone Cold rejections: 9, including the four from #pitchwars
Still in submission: 23, including six emailed and website-form submissions and 17 with Submittable.
Next month’s goal will be the original first month goal again: 30 submissions in 30 days.
And no, I am not doing NaNoWriMo. I’m doing my submissions challenge until I get an agent or enough street cred that I’ve got editors who’ll just look at my work.
I admit this may take a while.