Friday, June 29, 2012

Alas, Another Rejection

The day I got back from vacation, I found a rejection from Johnene in the pile of mail. Big sigh. I wasn't surprised about this one. It wasn't one of my better stories, but I'd written it and all I risked was postage and some paper.

I did send two out, though, so I'm crossing my fingers on those. One is for Valentine's Day and one is aimed for the Chinese horoscope issue. Like I said in my cover letter on that one, I've never seen a Chinese horoscope themed romance story, so I hope this will fit the bill! I know my mom would really appreciate seeing a story celebrating our heritage.

16 comments:

Karen said...

Commiserations on the rejection, they're never nice to receive :o(

I love the idea of Chinese horoscope stories - we should have them here in the UK!

Mary Jo said...

Well, Rats!! If you had anywhere else to go with it, it wouldn't be so bad. We definitely need more fiction markets. Look at Writer's Market and it is filled with University Literary magazines, but that is not the place for me.

How long has the Chinese Horoscope story been hanging out at the WW offices? It seems you told us about it months ago. I don't know what is in it, but I hope they buy it. I am all in favor of stories that don't adhere to the usual WW profile.

I will be competing with you for the Valentine issue, but mine is a "different" one and may not have a chance.

Getting into one of those 52 annual slots is almost like winning the lottery!

Kate Willoughby said...

I probably did mention the horoscope story a while ago. I had sent it. It got returned by Patricia, who said to resubmit for the next year because I was too late. So, I'm now resubmitting.

Oh, I don't have to be in THE Valentine's issue. If it's the early Feb. issue, I'll be fine with that!!

Kate Willoughby said...

I probably did mention the horoscope story a while ago. I had sent it. It got returned by Patricia, who said to resubmit for the next year because I was too late. So, I'm now resubmitting.

Oh, I don't have to be in THE Valentine's issue. If it's the early Feb. issue, I'll be fine with that!!

Kate Willoughby said...
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Kate Willoughby said...

Damn. I hit the post comment button twice.

Mary Jo said...

I didn't know you could do that. How do you remove a comment? I am not very computer savvy, obviously. The right margin got messed up in my Word word processor and I don't know how to fix it.

Good luck on both of your stories. What does your horoscope say?

Kate Willoughby said...

My comment window has a little trash can next to every post. It's probably because it's my blog and if someone comments with a bunch of swearing or links to porn sites or something, I have the power to delete it. :)

I don't read my horoscope, actually. LOL

Gail Crane said...

Bad luck, Kate. Rejections are never nice to receive, no matte how successful you are.
Good luck with the horoscope one.

Gail Crane said...

Whoops! That should be 'matter'.

Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks, Gail!

Tamara said...

I sent you an answer on the "Good Samaritan" blog, Kate.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate! I just read your story Love in Bloom on the blog. Cute! This line gave me goosebumps: “It’s already paid for. By someone named Cupid,” the kid said.

Best, Sheila

Kate Willoughby said...

Got it, Tamara. Replied.

Sheila, thank you so much. Too bad that one didn't sell. It's satisfying to know that some people enjoyed it! :)

Mary Jo said...

I hear that Nora Ephron recently passed away, and we were talking about her Harry Met Sally not long ago. I was watching Sleepless in Seattle (on TV and loaded with commercials) last night and I couldn't believe that it was made 20 years ago. It is still a premier chick flick and probably an inspiration to many of us. The best line in the whole movie was from Jonah, the little son, who said about his dad Sam's (Tom Hanks) new girl friend, "She has a laugh like a hyena." And she did.

Kate Willoughby said...

Sad. I liked her movies, even if I thought "You've Got Mail" seemed contrived and little cookie-cutter.