Reject Bin

Last week was a productive week – we submitted a short story every day for National Short Story week and we submitted Majesty of Darkness to seven agents – one for every day of the week. This week, have we had an acceptance for every day? No. We’ve had a rejection for every day. First from an agent then two short stories. Today is yet to bring an unpleasant surprise. Sometimes we wonder why do this. What other job consists of trying your best, only to have your work bounced back to you telling you it wasn’t what your boss was looking for? Then it stings you further by not paying you for all those hours of work. But we can’t give up. One, the unwritten stories in our treasure chests of our minds won’t let us and two, the only difference between published writers and unpublished writers is that the unpublished writers gave up.

We’re also considering self publishing one or two of our novels as e books, so we’ve been emailing editors for quotes. While we’ll never give up on the dream of holding our published books (and braining any would-be burglars with them), we always vowed to be published authors before we’re 30. Actually, the original plan was to de-throne Stephen King by the time we’re 30, but we realise now it was a tad ambitious. So instead of having his throne and crown, we’ll settle for making our own thrones and placing them beside his. *Squinting* might need to move his a little to the left…*stepping back* perfect!

So in order to achieve the more attainable dream, self e publishing is looking very attractive. We’ve downloaded David Gaughran’s book, Let’s Get Digital and it’s really inspiring us. He stresses the importance of getting your work professionally edited, hence our search for editors. Our mum is really good at spotting errors and pointing out our mistakes, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second opinion. The last thing we’d want are poor reviews because the work isn’t edited properly. Even if we decide not to go with e publishing just yet, it would be good to know our work is as good as we can make it.

We’ll be heading off on our North Wales trip tomorrow to look at the beautiful castles up there and of course, to do the Ruthin gaol ghost hunt! Five hours, overnight, in a gaol that’s supposedly haunted by a pissed off warden and executed inmates. Is there a better way to spend the weekend? No! Well, not unless it involves Wentworth Miller and a big bowl of ice cream, but for now, this is as exciting as it gets. We’re taking our laptop (it’s bad enough being separated from our animal army for three days, we can’t be without our other love) so we can write a ghost story while we’re high on the excitement of ghosts, haunted jails and too much Red Bull. We’ll post pics on our return. Unless something happens and we end up as permanent tourists in the haunted gaol…*Practising spooky voices* welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.