So, I’ve not been querying in a while (and honestly not writing that much either), because of two factors. One: a colleague of mine left to get his Masters degree around August last year, and the company has not yet replaced him. Two: the Covid-19 crisis. While I can work from home, and I am an introvert, both situations do take a toll. Physically and mentally. Nothing bad, but still, can’t really get into the head space to write much/query. I find that I also seem to take rejections to my work more harshly/personally than I usually would. But that doesn’t mean I can write an update about how my infrequent querying is going, right?
It’s been a while since I’ve written about the querying progress for [TEE]. Mainly because there hasn’t really been any. I’ve been querying agents here and there since the last update, but no luck just yet. I’ve mostly been occupied with writing my new WIP [TT] and editing [OSAA] to get it ready to submit to Angry Robot’s open door period. Planning to get back to editing [BOR], and maybe give [TEE] another look. Could be fresh eyes would pick out some things I didn’t see before, even though I’m up to draft number 5 right now.
So I’ve been keeping quiet about a development since March, because I didn’t want to jinx it, but I got an important e-mail today that made it clear to me that ship has sailed, unfortunately. Back in May I queried a handful of agents for [TEE], which I wrote about here. What I didn’t write was that I got a request for a full from an agent the same day (about thirty minutes before midnight).
The total of queries for [TEE] I’ve sent out is now 26. 16 of those have gotten rejections. Some of the older ones still haven’t gotten any responses, and so I’ve sent out some follow-up emails as well. There’s one partial success story though.
I’ve noticed something: I’m not good at writing short stories. I struggle with them much more than I do with novellas and novels. When I reread them, something always seems to be missing. But The Laughing Coffin, that’s a short story I wrote that I actually like. Sure, it’s not my best work, and it got rejected by Fantasy magazines I submitted to a bunch of times, but it’s entertaining at the very least. It was my first real attempt at a humorous short story too! That’s why I’ve decided to share it on this blog.
The third rejection is in the bag for [TEE]. So let’s review what I’ve done and received so far, shall we? I sent out query packages by e-mail to 10 agents in the UK. I received a confirmation of receipt from two of them by e-mail, standardized, probably automated. But still, it’s good to know the packages reached their destination. Continue reading
I’m still submitting my second short story [The Laughing Coffin], it has been rejected 5 times now. I also got a rejection for my first short story [Hell in a Handcart] – which I sent to Tor’s short fiction program – but that was to be expected. I never thought it was good enough for Tor.com. It was my very first submission though. Continue reading
Another rejection…*sigh* Well, nothing for it really: I’ll keep on submitting.
Gosh. My first real rejection. I had thought it would feel more…like a punch in the gut. But strangely, I don’t seem to feel anything at all, I’m just kind of numb. I guess I still have to truly realize what I’ve just read.
But I submitted it for a second time at a different magazine, so I won’t let this keep me down for long.