Friday, 25 April 2014
Amanda has developed as a writer from book one to book two. From the beginning the story telling feels tighter and cleaner. She builds more depth into her established characters and introduces the new ones seamlessly. She builds great tension, writes good action scenes and has well written plot twists. The old antagonist returns with a new depth and greater agenda. The story’s main conflict is played out and resolved in such a way that leaves the reader both satisfied and wanting more.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Although I am getting a fairly large number of rejections, there is a positive spin to them. Most of my rejections this year have come with a please submit again comment of some kind.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
- I appreciate your interest in our Magazine* and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.
- We hope you continue to submit to our Magazine* in future and I wish you all the best with your publishing endeavours.
- We encourage you to submit to our Magazine* again.
- Thanks again for submitting to us, and we hope to hear from you in the future.
- In any case I hope you'll consider subbing again because your story was head and shoulders above a lot of other submissions.
- Please feel free to submit other work in the future.
I've been told, and believe, that editors/publishers usually mean it when they say please try again. So, the fact that I'm getting a lot of these must mean that I'm on the right track. All I've got to do now is right the stories so I can submit them.
*I've taken out the name of the magazine.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
I've heard back from two already and have one acceptance and one rejection.
The acceptance is my flash story, 'A Matter Og Technique'. I wrote this story back in 2012 and entered it in the short story contest at the Sydney FreeCon. I got seventh place. Anyway, I've been wanting to see it in print somewhere else for a while. It will now be appearing in issue 194 of the Webzine AntipodeanSF in August.
The rejection was of the first short story in ever wrote, and it is it's seventh rejection. The publication that rejected it this time was kind enough to send me the feedback comments from it's readers. Both really liked the start, thought the middle was weak and, therefore, felt the ending didn't work. Which is similar to comments I've received from other rejections.
It's a 'therefore' because I'm fairly sure that the middle is the problem. So, I'm going to rip it's guts out and put in a new one and see what happens.
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