Row80 Sunday Edition #4

It’s that time again.


This week was much better than last week.  I had two days off this week, that allowed me to get a few things done.

Writing: new novella.  25,000 words.  6,689 words!  In all honesty, some of that was already written, but I’m still counting it for this week.

Editing:  Edit my NaNoWriMo project, first 50 pages.  Nope.  I’ll work on this later.

Submissions: Submit to one editor/agent a week.  Yes, one query letter sent out.

Health: One exercise session a week.  No.

The Great Purge: Taking one room at a time. Still working on my room.  I cleaned out my massive sock drawer and matched them all up.  My sweet hubby wanted to take a photo, claiming in 15 years he’s never seen me match my socks.

W&*(^t :  Goal 3 healthy snacks a week. The King Cake was great.  I did have fish for lunch and yogurt for a snack.  Of course then people gave us doughnuts and chili dogs at work.  Excuse me, my Monkey bread king cake is ready.

I only have 3 days left at work and then the place shuts down for good.  I will soon find lots of time on my hands, hopefully I will use it wisely.  I feel pretty good about the week.  I hope this week will be even better.

How are your goals going?





Row80 Sunday Roundup

It’s time for Row80.  Make sure you read what the rest of the Row80s are doing.

    • Writing: I’m rather shocked at how my progress for NaNoWriMo has gone.  I’m waiting for life to bring it to a halt in a week.  If I make it to 30K I will consider myself a winner.  I should reach 25K today.  Each day I have less and less time to write because of the upcoming holidays.  We’ll see.

  • Editing: Finish editing my WIP, Dead in the Water. Finish edits by October 21. Done
  • Submissions: Start submissions October 22  Nov.1, send out 2 a week the rest of the round.  Stop laughing….think positive.  I sent out only 1 this week.  I did order a book of agents so maybe I’ll make more progress.
  • Social networking: This is the hardest.  I am bad at just liking a post or a tweet and leaving.  So my goal for this is to respond more to blog posts, even reblogging, and be more involved on twitter. That’s not measurable.  Comment on 3 blogs a week. Check
  • Blogging: Have 2 nonRow80 blog posts a week.  Done 11/11 Teaser Tuesday  11/13 The Humble Cast Iron Skillet   11/14 Authors Answers 2
  • Coffee: Master my new coffee pot.  Apparently there is a learning curve.  Done

No coffee today,yet.  It’s a Irish Breakfast kind of morning.

How are your goals going?



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Image from public Domain: Piotr Siedlecki

Before we look at rejection, lets assume that you are capable of telling a story and using basic grammar.  Let’s also assume you aren’t a horrible writer.

Rejection, is a terrible word that all writers must endure.  I am a collector of rejection letters.  There’s a folder in my email just for such nasties. Rejection isn’t all bad.  Some editors give helpful advice about your writing, and there can be many reasons for rejection.  Let’s take a look:

  • Novice. Let’s take the worst one first.  Beginning writers send their work out before it’s ready.  We’ve all done it.  You think it’s ready but it isn’t.  The writing is so green, the paper has a recycling symbol on the back.  You lack experience.  That’s probably the worst rejection.  OK, the worst is the writing sucks, but for this post we will ignore that.  The style, characters, and technique need to be improved.  I believe that this happens over time with practice.
  • Timing.  Your piece is rejected because it doesn’t fit with the current taste of the publishers.  Last year it would have been a shoe in, but now the idea of reading another story about teenage zombie’s in love is outdated.  Chances are the publisher won’t tell you that you sent your submission in a year too late.  They just say it doesn’t fit at the moment. This one is my favorite.
  • Format. When submitting your work of genius, you ignored the formatting preferences and just sent the doc. as is. This is true for magazines, ezines, and agents/publishers.  Everyone has a certain format they like.  If you don’t follow the rules it’s straight to the slush pile of death.
  • Taste.  This is my second favorite.  Your piece isn’t right for the magazine, agent, or e-zine. Let’s face we don’t read every issue of every publication.  There are times we send things out blindly hoping it will find a home.  This type of frivolous submissions may be the main reason writing is rejected.  Or so it seems to me, at the moment as I look at a new stack of rejections.  Apparently, the short tale of young robots in love was not the right story for Moms Magazine.  Don’t worry, I made that last one up.

I imagine if you have been writing a while, none of this is new.  Rejection at any stage of your career is difficult.  But if you plan on making writing your life, you must find a way to deal with it.  I’m thinking of purchasing a dart board and attaching rejection letters to it and see how many times I can nail it.

How do you handle rejection?or What was your favorite rejection notice?