All around another grand weekend binging on science fiction and fantasy.
But by far the highlight was a workshop on submitting your short story for publication. Here's the program description:
Bring your laptop and learn how to write a query letter, format your story, and choose markets -- and submit it, right at the con! A supportive Den Parent or several will be around for hand-holding and advice. Bond with your fellow writers just starting out, and take concrete steps towards getting published.
And was I ever in need of supportive Den Parent.
Before going to this workshop I had, of course, submitted my work many, many times. To my writing group, to my best friend, to my partner, to my mother...you get the drift: not so much submitting to the publishing industry. Well, good news, that reluctance has now been tamed into submission. I sent off "Birch and the Queen of Dirt" during the session.
Excited by that first step, I decided to submit "Old Glassy's Way" over lunch.
I still hadn't gotten enough; the next day, "The River's Edge" got zipped out into the world.
So far I've gotten two form rejections. Bummer, right? Time to sit around for a couple of days moping for sure.
But no! I took those two stories and I resubmitted them as soon as I got the news.
Here's what's helping me make it through the disappointment rejections inevitably bring and still hold on to the tenacity needed to keep submitting:
- I've decided to make this a practice. When I get a rejection, I will find another potential market for the story and send it out again right away. I'm good with setting rules and following them.
- I've been inspired by writing friends who have 80-100 rejections under their belt. You can't be published if you don't send your work out, after all.
- I've given myself a new goal. It is not to get published; I've tried to set that target a bit to the side. Instead, my mission is to get 20 rejections by the end of the summer. If I get them, I'm calling it a success and I'm taking myself out for a fancy dinner.
- I've also given myself a reward system for each rejection: my best friend, my sweetie, and my mother are all in charge of coming up with 6-7 ideas for small treats. When I get a rejection, I get to ask one of them what my next treat will be. So far I've gotten an invisible love poem (with the pen/light that makes the writing glow in the dark) and I've got another treat coming in the mail. So when I get a rejection my response is "Yippee, a new surprise treat for me!" I love surprises. I love anticipation. I love little treats. I will get those treats, I tell you. I WILL GET THEM ALL!
And I'm already a tenth of the way to my goal.