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All Things Rejection! (3 Viewers)

Tiamat

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I suppose that's one option, sure. These days, I've become more of an all or nothing kinda gal, so if I can't find a pro market to take it, I toss it in my "Bad" folder and walk away.
 

BornForBurning

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These days, I've become more of an all or nothing kinda gal, so if I can't find a pro market to take it, I toss it in my "Bad" folder and walk away.
I honestly think that's a bad assumption. I've seen plenty of good stuff from good authors published in semi-pro or even token mags. But if you can't get it published, you can't get it published, I suppose.
 

Tiamat

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I'm not saying that if a pro market won't take it the story is bad (regardless of what my folder is named). But I also find that if I don't settle for a lower paying market, I can reuse ideas. As a for instance, I wrote a story about a sentient Roomba and couldn't sell it. (It was objectively bad, but that's not the point here.) I have a story coming out next month in F&SF that includes (but is not specifically about) a sentient Roomba.

Recycling: it's not just good for the planet. :)
 

Serendipity

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I especially dread the quick rejections. Getting one of those is like a defendant getting a guilty verdict at a trial. A fast verdict is always bad. A quick response from a publisher is rarely good news!
 

Steve_Rivers

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I'm not saying that if a pro market won't take it the story is bad (regardless of what my folder is named). But I also find that if I don't settle for a lower paying market, I can reuse ideas. As a for instance, I wrote a story about a sentient Roomba and couldn't sell it. (It was objectively bad, but that's not the point here.) I have a story coming out next month in F&SF that includes (but is not specifically about) a sentient Roomba.

Recycling: it's not just good for the planet. :)

You need to give it some cool speakers and an mp3 player to make it hip and appeal to the kids, Tia ;) hehe

https://parksandrecreation.fandom.com/wiki/DJ_Roomba
 

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