Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bloody Tuesday

Not much new around here. I took the day off from the day job to work on a few things and help The Other Half take her mother to the hospital. I woke to find a rejection from the Dead Bait antho in my inbox. Since at least three other people who were also shortlisted for the book received similar emails, I am now referring to this day as Bloody Tuesday. After feeling bummed for about five minutes, I promptly got on Duotrope and found a new place to submit Deadliest Cachalot.

Returning home from the hospital, I found another rejection in my inbox, this time from Everyday Weirdness for Racing Midnight. The funny thing was, I had just located a market that sounded like a good fit for that particular story, so I sent it off since it was now free again.

The two rejections, coupled with heat in the mid 90's, made it hard to concentrate on writing. I worked a wee bit on my Vermin antho story, Ground Zero as well as a former Micro piece called The Anubis Appropriation that I am enlarging into a flash piece. Didn't get much done on either one, so I retired to the couch and munched Funyuns while finishing up Felicty Dowker's Phantasy Moste Grotesk. A chilling and creepy read, be sure to nab yourself a copy.


Barry Napier said...

Damned Bloody Tuesday. Now to find elsewhere to send my Dead Bait story. Best of luck to you!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I got bounced so fast from dead bait consideration, I hardly consider it to have been sent there. I believe that story is still out to the second market I sent it too.

good luck with both of your stories.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Maybe the Cure could do a redo the song? ; )

Natalie L. Sin said...

Sorry, make that U2. The Cure sang something about being in love on Friday.

K.C. Shaw said...

Bloody Tuesday is about it! I was having a nasty day anyway, and that Dead Bait rejection at lunch did not help at all.

I need to trawl Duotrope too to send my story out again. I just hate the thought that whichever editor I pick will see my story and think, "Hmm, another one rejected from Dead Bait, I see. Must suck." Not that they'd think that, of course, but I have to worry about stupid stuff like that or I worry about world peace instead.

Jameson T. Caine said...

K.C. - I worry about the exact same thing. Every time I fail to make the TOC for an antho, I fear the next place I sub will roll their eyes, knowing where the story was last.

BT said...

I empathize and you have my heart felt commiserations.

You know, I've never considered the editors of the second market in that vain before. And yet it makes so much sense to be the case.

I would suggest you have two options. Hold it for 3 months and then send (the normal response delay for most markets so by the time this period has passed, they won't have any more of this type - and a new antho may pop up in that time). Or, send it off to a market not expected by others. It may be about dead bait, but why wouldn't a fishing magazine want it? Or something about coastal life, or maybe a student journal, or even a literary mag.

Think outside the box.

Horror Girl said...

i was browsing and found your blog. i too was rejected from dead bait. though it was like a week before your bloody tuesday. now my story waits in second market limbo.

good luck writing