The 31st nears, it is tomorrow in fact. I anxiously await, which is both good and bad. Good in that I have something to look forward to, bad in the respect that as a person with anxiety I do not like it when more is added.
I have sent out several submissions over the last four months and have had 17 acceptances. I think I have had about 9 rejections, but many of those that were rejected were snapped up elsewhere immediately, as I mentioned in a prior post it really is editors preference much of the time. As a beginning writer I have to remind myself that is pretty good.
The three stories that have deadlines tomorrow are Live and let Undead, (by Library of the living Dead, edited by Hollie Snider) Twisted Fairly tales V.2 (by Wicked East Press and edited by Isabella Rose), and It was a Dark and Stormy Night (by Pill Hill Press and edited by Shane Mackenzie)
To be totally honest I am not sure if any of them will be accepted. My Zombie story is a mockumentary which might not sit well with the editor, it is more humour based than horror based. My story for the Twisted Fairy tales is the same issue, more of a comedy, and it is rather long. Lastly my dark and stormy night story, while high on the cliché meter in which was asked, might be written in such a way as to turn off the editor. I took a new approach with this story in which the characters narrate the clichés as they are occurring in conversation.
I would really like if a couple of them were accepted, but I am mentally preparing myself for a trifecta of rejection. This is more of a mental process where I will doubt my abilities and become insecure, as my method of resubmitting will not work on these three as they are very specialized anthologies and finding similar calls would be impossible. The only answer is chocolate.
After that I am waiting to hear back on 10 other submissions that could let me know any time between now and September, and I have 7 others that I am currently coming up with ideas for.
I also have my book to work on, it is over the 60,000 hump and now I am focusing on where it is going and getting it there. I hope to have a nice rough draft of about 80,000 words done sometime in May.
Either way I am hoping that tomorrow brings some news my way so that this incessant need to check my email will go away for the time being.