s_c_baker wrote:jdbrink wrote:Well... THANKS!
Nice to be here. Seems like I was wandering around in the dark by myself and didn't even know there was a whole village on the other side of the hill! Though seeing a handful of your posts is pretty intimidating. You each have a vast story machine running that gets a gem of an entry in each quarter. I have a notebook with a few old stories that have been rejected by magazines so manytimes they're now all grey-haired and worn out. And thanks for the encouragement but I'm pretty sure if this one doesn't make it I'll be about spent. Most of my work tends to be too long and awfully dark for a general audience. (At least i like to lean on that as an excuse for not getting more stuff published.)
Nice to meet everyone and thanks again for the reassurance!
(and I have no idea what that long string of letters refers to...)
Not to worry, UEMoBCT--er, JD(?). Not all of us are vast story machines. I barely squeak through each quarter with an entry, and have an equal number of "not a form rejection" responses and "form rejection" responses.
Agreed, I'm sure that a fair number of people are in a similar boat. I know I certainly don't have an abundance of stories to choose from! As a matter of fact, if schools offered degrees in procrastination, I'd have an honorary doctorate! (I just started writing my intended Q3 story a couple days ago, and it was a pretty similar situation with my first submission (to Q2))(Don't look at me like that... I'll stop procrastinating next quarter...)
Obviously, I don't have any responses yet since Q2 was my first time entering :) But, as I heard a former winner mention (Eric James Stone) there's no reason to not submit, since you can keep entering until you either win, or you've sold enough to other markets that you are disqualified... both of which are good scenarios
Keep at it! (in my inexperienced opinion)