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stories in our treasure chests of our minds won’t let us and two, the only difference between published writers and unpublished writers is that the unpublished writers gave up.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.


  1. When it’s comes to rejection, I think it’s all subjective…

    Just because a person says no to my work, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s no good. It just means it’s not to that person’s taste.

    As for the ghost walk – enjoy, but rather you than me!

    Suzie x

    • thank you Suzie 🙂 You’re right, we have to keep telling ourselves this. It’s just a case of finding the right publisher/editor who will love the short stories or novels we send to them. Kind of like dating really 😀 We will definitely have fun in the jail, we just hope it won’t be too cold. We’ve got extra socks, just in case 🙂

  2. I’ll check out that book myself – sounds interesting. Have fun – and don’t scare the ghosts!

    • it is very interesting. You can download it or get a free PDF version of it. We follow him on Twitter and thought we’d check it out. It’s certainly making us think. We’ll try not to scare the ghosts too much 😀

  3. I think that you are WAY ahead of many writers (myself included) – at least you are writing and submitting! AND the rejections haven’t killed you or sent you into a dark pit of despair, making you never want to write again…That’s what I’m afraid of. I have a degree in theatre, but after going to my first professional audition and having the worst 2 minutes of my life, I never auditioned again. If someone handed me a role without auditioning, I’d be a star, but, no…

    Of course I am also afraid of NOT being rejected – success scares me as much as rejection!

    If you two are brave enough to do what you already have done, that’s half the battle. Keep at it, and one of these days it won’t be a rejection letter in the post – it will be a request for more! Write on! 🙂

    • thank you! 🙂 we’re also scared of success, which is strange. Because we’re used to sending lots of work out, getting almost all of it rejected apart from one accepted every now again (now up to 9 short stories published) but it’s safe. It’s what we know. Getting a novel accepted would be so scary. What if it’s successful? How would we deal with that? We don’t know what that level of success feels like so for us being rejected is…comfortable.
      You should audition again. You never know, next time it could be the BEST two minutes of your life. Or…write your own play and cast yourself in it that way not only will you not have to audition, you’ll also be getting your play out there for others to appreciate. Make it your new year’s resolution (or earlier) to submit something. Last year we decided to submit one piece of work for every week of the year – 52 pieces. We ended up submitting 103. And had ONE accepted. This year we haven’t done as well (might be up to 50) but we’ve had 5 accepted. Do it! Do it! Do it!

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