Submissions and Progress (of sorts)

I am eking away* at my work in progess–chapter 3 has thrown me for several loops and is already defeating my planned structure and word count goals. But the momentum is still going in the right direction, and the early response from my readers has been great.

I have also submitted 4 stories this month to various anthologies and magazines. One has already been accepted and will appear in July (more on that as July draws nearer). The others have turntimes of up to 3 months, so it’s a slow process.

Some writers try to submit 10 stories a month. While I admire the dedication this takes, I never want to feel that I’m spamming ‘zines with my work. And I don’t have so many unsold stories (less than ten) that I can submit to every conceivable entry that comes up. Then again, it is a numbers game and if you don’t submit as aggressively as you can you may end up with too many trunk stories for your trunk. What do you all think? Is there ever a case for writing for its own sake? Or is an unpublished story simply a wasted opportunity?

*See the quote below the picture, which is as vivid as any quote on writing I’ve seen.

“When you’re writing, it’s rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe you up onto the top of a hill, and you see something else. Then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape really. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book, because it’s got to be the best view of all, when everything comes together and you can look back and see that everything you’ve done all ties up. But it’s a very, very long, slow process.”



2 thoughts on “Submissions and Progress (of sorts)

  1. I think as a young writer, you need to write whatever you’re inspired and excited to write about, and not worry about specific markets while writing. Most of your stories won’t end up getting published, because they’re not good enough yet, but you submit them anyway to learn the process and a few of your gems will find homes. Then, as you get more experienced and your craft more polished, you’ll find homes for your stories with more regularity. Ultimately, a story is meant to be read, so as the author, if you like it, you should find a magazine to get it published–start with the best mags and work your way down as the rejection letters trickle in.

  2. That’s a good point and I definitely see what you mean. I think that I enjoy writing the story, making the necessary connections, as much as finding a home for it. That might just be because I haven’t sold a lot of writing yet.

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