Submissions – Torture and Growth

It wasn’t until I started to actually submit short pieces of fiction for potential publication, that I realized what a difficult task it is to send your “babies” out into the cold, cruel world of editors.  You spend so much time loving and nuturing them, obsessing over every word and punctuation mark, only to send them to a faceless potential publisher and wait the seemingly endless days, weeks, and months for your reply. 

For me, the responses have all been rejections so far, but I hold tight to hope.  I have only just started on this submission journey and there is a long road ahead — and hopefully light at the end of the tunnel.

What I have learned, aside from a basic sense of patience ( a difficult lesson for me) is that the mere act of submitting can be very liberating.  To have built enough confidence in your work that you honestly believe you have a shot at that elusive acceptance.  What a feeling.  🙂  Somehow it makes the entire idea and process of being a “writer” feel real.  I am loving that feeling.

I have three submissions out now, and they may or may not end up in print or on the web — that remains to be seen.  But either way, I am feeling like a winner for just taking that first, big step.


About Rebecca Hart

Im a single parent of three and a published author of romance in all sorts of sub-genres. A full time IT geek, Managing Editor of Roane Publishing, cover artist and a reformed gaming addict -- I live to write fantasy peppered with a dash of romantic nonsense :P Addicted to all things pirates, penguins, Johnny Depp and rum. Follow me on Twitter: @Rebelhart69

Posted on September 22, 2010, in My Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. However, if they do accept your writing, you have to accept them criticizing it and taking it apart before your very eyes. It's hard letting your brainchild out into the world.

  2. Maybe it is almost like a chef who sends out a plate of food. He can not eat it, he has to present the best he has and then give it away for someone else to enjoy. Keep at it!!

  3. I do hope I can get to this point and that I'll feel this way when I finally sub something. :/

    Hope something gets accepted soon! 🙂

  4. At some point you just realize that the worst they can do is say no.

    Of course, much of what I am subbing right now are pieces I wrote over 20 years ago and have just brought them out and editted them. Then the thought was – now what? They have been in a drawer for 20 years… so heck let's try sending them in and see what happens.

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