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Writing Wednesday: Dealing with Rejection

Goals from last week: Three blog posts done, all ePubs completed for the year, and the occasionally evolving rules are being maintained about how quickly a story should go back out to market (the objective is really to make sure they don’t just sit in my “sock drawer” forever – Heinlein’s Rules:

  1. You must put the work on the market.
  2. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

I wrote only 1,200 of the expected 3,000 words – still disappointing (this year’s average is still highest since I started keeping track, but just barely – I need to finish strong these last two weeks.) Part of that was the final revision of “Date Night”, so my quota of twelve stories out-the-door this year is complete. Now I can focus on Swordsmaster. (yeah – let’s see how THAT works out.)

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Good old Heinlein and his rules. I have been doing what I can to follow them (modified slightly to accommodate indie ePublishing), but I have yet to sell to a traditional publisher, and my indie sales are not yet worth even talking about.

Writing involves a lot of rejection – we’re advised to keep submitting our work, no matter how many times it comes back unpurchased, and many even keep their rejection letters as badges of courage. But like Vince’s dad said in Invincible, a man can only take so much failure.

How do you stay positive and keep pushing forward? You find little things to celebrate so you feel like you’re getting somewhere. I have a milestone regarding my sales (a milestone is something I have no direct influence over like a goal, but that I will celebrate when it happens.) When I first started ePublishing in 2012, professional rates were 5-cents per word. Since I consider a typical short story to be 3,000 words, that would have paid me $150.00 if I made a sale to a traditional publisher, so one of my milestones is to make $150.00 in royalties on my indie-publishing.

I have yet to make that milestone (current stats tell me I will hit the mark in 2019.) That’s longer than I had hoped it would take, but when it happens, it will still be more money than I would have made by NOT indie-publishing.

That’s still not inspiring me. It’s not that my only reason for writing is to make money, but I’d like to feel like I’m doing a good job, and the only true measure of that is when people are willing to PAY for your stories. I know I’ve made things a bit difficult for myself by only selling short fiction so far – I can’t charge less than 99-cents for a single story, and people can buy novels for that. Even when I put my stories together in collections, short fiction doesn’t seem to be what people are looking for.

It could be that I just don’t know how to market (that’s true enough), or that my stories just aren’t good enough to catch readers’ interest (hard to judge that one – my beta readers aren’t really into speculative fiction, so the genre is another point of friction.)

I can come up with all sorts of reasons WHY I’m not being read, and sometimes I need to do that to keep myself going. So far, though, lack of readers hasn’t stopped me from writing, so I guess I really am a writer.

Writing by and large is a solitary pursuit, especially for a lone wolf type like me. Is this healthy, being inside my head so much when I’m writing – AND when I’m not? I need to come out every once in a while and look at myself to make sure I can see what’s really going on (and make sure I’m not pulling one over on myself.) Just saying…

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SleepWithTheSnowmenCover“Sleep with the Snowmen” has been released, and I really want it to be read before Christmas, so go out to Smashwords and use coupon code YC56N, the story is FREE for the next 48 people, so get one for yourself and tell your friends!

Ask not for whom the bells jingle…

A petty criminal crosses the wrong fat man, and is offered the opportunity to change his path; or, he could just “Sleep with the Snowmen.”

Here’s the link on Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/760508 (and after you read it, reviews and ratings would be appreciated – thanx!)

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ImperialPurrogativeCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his previous ePublication “Imperial Purrogative” – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):  https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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