It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are;Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!
Do stop by and say hello to them!
Each month the IWSG provides a suggested question to answer, but I don’t feel like answering that one this month. Instead I thought I’d write about my first official rejection email from an agent, which I received a couple of weeks ago. It was a fast turn-around too, under 2 weeks, so I obviously wasn’t what they’re looking for.
I still have other submissions that have been ‘out there’ for much longer. Mind you, that could mean anything – that it’s still on the pile, that they’ve looked at it but are undecided, or that they’ve read it but haven’t bothered to send a rejection.
Some agencies say to give them a nudge if you haven’t heard from them within a certain period of time.
Some say that ‘you should hear from us within x weeks’.
So if you pass the time limit on that second one, does it mean ‘no’? or that they’re running behind?
Do I chase them?
Leave it for a bit?
Assume it’s a ‘no’ and send out some more subs?
I’ve got too much else going on at the moment to worry about it. I’ll leave be and let my subconscious sort it out. In a week or two I’ll have worked out my next step.
And that first rejection? I’m ok about it. We all ought to have rejection notches on our pencils, it’s part of the process…
Just as long as they aren’t all rejections…
Before I go, I just wanted to remind you all that the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition closes for entries at the end of this month – this year we’ve boosted the first prize to a whacking £700!! So, come on guys – I’d love to see a name I recognise from here as the winner!