I’m Officially a Reject

Not that there was any doubt before, but now I have it in writing. I wrote a short story erotic romance for an open submission call and turned it in nearly too late. Minutes past the deadline in fact. But it still made consideration only to be rejected in less than four days. That’s got to be some sort of record.

However, I’m still in love with my story, know exactly what I want to do to make it better, and I plan on submitting it elsewhere. It sort of makes all of this stuff real. I wrote something – no longer have to say writing. For that one anyway. We won’t mention the others. I submitted, had the entire work read by an editor and then was soundly (but nicely) rejected. Believe it or not, in the world of an aspiring author, that’s big.

Now it’s back to work and another round of submitting and holding my breath. I’m sure this sounds like torture to normal people, and I’m not saying it qualifies as fun, but it feels great to me. Everyone has to start somewhere and if writing 15K words of hot, sexy, sweet sex is where I start, then so be it. I can think of worse places….LOL!

How about you. Where did you get your start? Or are you still working on that part? Have you finished a manuscript and if so, how did you feel at the end? Was it as exciting as you thought? Did it seem anti-climactic or did you just freak that now you had to go back and start editing/revising?

10 thoughts on “I’m Officially a Reject”

  1. Anonymous says:



    I don’t do the whole writing thing. I’d much rather do the whole reading/editing thing.


  2. terrio says:

    It is giggle-worthy to be happy about being a reject. Sort of like that biggest loser thing. Being a loser is a good thing! LOL!

    You do more than reading and editing. You’re a cheerleader. That’s very important. *g*

  3. Q says:

    Terri, you are obviously a Brit at heart. We all love an underdog over here!

    Maybe you just had the climax in the wrong place….needs a slow build up remember.

    Anyway its like taking a driving test. No one passes first time. If at first you don’t succeed….but I absolutely know you will one day.

  4. terrio says:

    Q – it must be from growing up with a grandmother who was born just outside London. LOL! Trust me, there was plenty of build up to this climax. *wg* All of the climaxes actually…

    I can always count on you for support. You, my friend, will get my first copy if…err…when I finally publish!!

  5. I used to buy shoes at an outlet store. There was something wrong with them, although the human eye or human foot couldn’t usually tell. Inside each shoe, the word “reject” was stamped. Little did I know then I was buying the prophetic shoes of doom.

  6. terrio says:

    I’ve never bought anything with a reject sticker but I used to get those ones that say “slightly irregular”. I figure those two words could describe me so they might as well describe my clothes.

  7. Beth says:

    Oh I’m so proud of you – the courage it took just to submit something! And you are right the fact that it got read is a giant step in the right direction. I’d love to read it sometime so if you make it available please let me know.

  8. terrio says:

    Thanks so much, Beth. It was so nerve wracking sitting there staring at the Send button. LOL! If I wouldn’t have had to let it go at that moment to make the deadline, I’m not sure I would have.

  9. irisheyes says:

    Congratulations!…I think!

    I think it’s awesome that you first, completed a manuscript and second, had the strength of character to send it.

    Here’s to ya!!!!

  10. terrio says:

    Thanks, Irish. It’s funny but I don’t feel brave at all. I am, however, glad I did it. It felt good at the time.

    Now I know I have to fix it and resubmit and the feeling is gone. LOL! How fleeting!

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