Nothing quite like it

I’ve been submitting stories to publishers/zines/etc for awhile now, and have become an old hand at it – finding a market no longer takes me days, and putting together the emails takes far less time too. Every market is different, but I know enough about what’s expected that I no longer make rookie mistakes (and it was only ONE time that I forgot to attach the MS 😉 lol).

A lot of my submissions this year have been a case of rinse and repeat – sending out stories that have had previous rejections, trying to find the right home for them.

During October I had the pleasure of sending something new into the world. A virgin MS. Unsullied by rejection, full of hope and wonder. After putting together the email and hitting send I had the most amazing rush. I was filled with a sense of joy and of possibility – the potential that the MS held was limitless. OMG who knew? Maybe they would say yes, and wouldn’t that be exciting? It’s been awhile since I’ve felt that, and I had forgotten just how amazing it is. I think it would probably slot in just under an acceptance as my favourite part of the submission process.

I enjoy sending my stories out, but something new? That’s a ticket to a head rush. There is no negativity attached to the story, no feelings of insecurity and worry, just pure exhilaration at having hit ‘send’.

It makes me want to write more, so that I can send more virgin MS’s into the world. Sure, they won’t all get accepted, but if I don’t keep writing new stories, I can’t capture that feeling again. Now that’s a good incentive!

Back to work I go 😉

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4 thoughts on “Nothing quite like it

    1. Hi there! thanks for stopping by 🙂 My absolute favourite resource for finding markets is Duotrope.com but ralan.com is also very good. Once you learn your way around the sites, it makes it really easy. Duotrope also has a free submission tracker and lots of great stats on each of the markets – very useful! Hope that helps 🙂

  1. Interesting post JC. I found you from :Linda Cassidy’s blog. It’s a good idea to dust some of the items off and try other places to have them published. Thanks.
    And it’s good to meet another blogger in NZ – you are now the third one I have met. 🙂

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