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Writing Wednesday: Thriving on Those Rejections

Last Week’s Goals

All blog entries were posted on schedule. All my submissions were returned to markets as soon as they arrived home. One of those “rejections” was my fifth Honorable Mention (this time a SILVER) from the Writers of te Future Contest for “The View from My Cage Is Breathtaking.”  

I wrote on four days and only made my daily quota on one of them. I again failed to make my weekly quota, with only 1,865 words of fiction (applied against Swordsmaster #3, which is finally starting to roll, now at 4,357 words.)

On the Marketing and Promotion Front…

It being the HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON, please consider buying one of my stories or collections as a gift for a friend (or yourself.)
And if you want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY, I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program; any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon (<– LIKE THIS ONE), and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!

 

Simily.co is a new platform I started trying at the end of August. The principle is similar to Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited, where members (current fee is either free or a reduced amount as they start up) and authors get a small payment for each reader who looks at their story.

  1. This is only short fiction
  2. The author’s story doesn’t have to be exclusive (with Amazon’s scheme, you have to be exclusive)
  3. The author retains all rights to their works, and can withdraw them at any time.

I have fourteen stories on the platform. You can check them out here:

https://simily.co/members/authorwilliammangieri/blog/

Give it a try (as a reader OR a writer.) I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!

Strange Motivation, That…

Writing can be a very lonely, thankless, intimidating, depressing, unappreciated life – and that’s on the good days.

Just about every book a writer skims through looking for secrets of how to become successful will mention how to deal with rejection. Some were written when submission meant typing a copy of your manuscript (no computers) and snail-mailing it to a publisher, then waiting for the rejection to arrive through the post. It was suggested that the aspiring writer tack these rejections on the wall of their personal FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE as a reminder of their ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

That’s right – a writer is supposed to view a REJECTION as an accomplishment.

That may seem counter-intuitive to the uninitiated, but an acquaintance once put it to me this way when I was denigrating my lack of sales (well, sort of this way – I paraphrase):

“Bill, you are so far ahead of ‘would be’ writers out there – you’re writing and putting your stuff out there instead of leaving the words in your sock drawer.”

There are so many aspiring writers – well, people who aspire to be writers – who either don’t get the first word on the page. Or keep changing the first word to something better. Or who actually finish a chapter or a rough draft and don’t show it to anyone, or they are lucky enough to have beta readers, but keep changing their story to suit the specific tastes of each one. Their stories are never done.

The most helpful advice I’ve ever had came from Heinlein’s Rules:

  1. You must write.
    2. You must finish what you write.
    3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
    4. You must put the work on the market.
    5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

 

In these days of indie-publishing – specifically ePublishing, I add:

  1. You must indie publish once you have exhausted all meaningful markets

(which is just another way of keeping the story out there to sell.)

 

Among the traditional publishers, the fact is that you never really know what the editors are going to buy. I mentioned above that I received a Silver Honorable Mention for one of my stories – it’s been rejected out of hand (meaning form-letter rejections) by a half-dozen others. I’m proud to have sold a story to a traditional publisher, but I feel 90% of the stories I’ve written were better and more worthy of making a sale.

So, I find my motivation and encouragement where I can – even in the rejections. Being rejected via WotF Honorable Mentions as often as I have been lets me know that I’m at least getting closer to success than the average submitter. I’ve had a handful of near-misses with traditional publishers, making it into 2nd and 3rd rounds and receiving non-form rejections with such compliments as:

“We don’t normally go in for this sort of thing – I’m amazed at how close we came to buying it!”

and –

“Several of our readers were pulling for your story, but we have decided at the last not to use it.”

– buy me no coffee, but keep me going better than the caffeine does.

I’m a writer. and I must write, regardless. Just saying…

What are your strange motivations?

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For information on my current promotions (including the FREE Presale and reduced price preorders for Cats of War III, my participating books in the 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, as well as FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!

To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW)

or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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