Julie's Quest

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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Monday, 8 August 2011


Three rejected short stories landed with a thud on my mat from Take A Break today. Hummmmmph! I haven't got a lot to say about the matter other than .......... back to the drawing board!

Time to up the ante me thinks. It's a tough old game, but the motto of the day has to be onwards and upwards.

Happy writing

Julie xx


Bernadette said...

Sorry to hear that, Julie.

I always find that postal returns seem to sting a bit more than email ones - maybe it's the thud that does it. And they do seem more prevalent over the summer as well - or is that just me?

Just keep on keeping on. You've done it before and will do it again.

B x

Julie P said...

It's definitely the 'thud', Bernadette! I have been waiting for verdicts on some short stories from them so it wasn't a complete surprise (shock?) Not sure about the summer thing - I seem to get batches of rejections any time of year, LOL!

Oh I intend to keep keeping on - or keep buggaring on, as my dad says! My favourite is 'if in doubt, have a stout,' An old patient said that to me about 12 years ago, and I've never forgotten it. It still makes me giggle now!

But I'm living (and writing) by the old addage: 'keep calm and carry on,' at the moment - there is no alternative - if we panic and give up because we've had some rejections we'll get no where.

The best and only thing to do is regroup, take a look at the stories again, take a look at the stories they did publish and see what I can do with my stories to make them into what the editor wants!

Julie xx

Julie xx

Frances Garrood said...

Bad luck, Julie. I think we all know how it feels, and on a Monday, too...

This writing business is a tough old game, isn't it. But we keep going because we have to (non-writers don't understand that).

Carole Anne Carr said...

Know how you feel, but you will have more and more successes.

Suzanne Jones said...

Hugs, Julie.

Can you send them anywhere else?


Anonymous said...

I just had two back from WW. No surprises, apparently. I wish I knew what they meant by that. Wasn't the man dancing naked and swinging his bits about enough?


Julie P said...

Hi, Frances! Not the best start I've had to a Monday, no. But it could have been worse.

There's no way I'm giving up. I've done it before and I know I can do it again. I've got to get my standard up, that's all.
Julie xx

Julie P said...

Thanks Carole - I know I will if I buckle down to it and keep learning and applying what I've learned. Won't get published if I give up.

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Thanks, Suzanne - we all know how it feels. They don't hurt as much as they used to - now I just find rejections frustrating as I have to try and work out why the stories didn't hit the mark and what I can do about it. I'll definitely be sending them out again soon when I've had another look at them.

Julie xx

Julie P said...

LOL, JS! You'd think that would have been enough surprises wouldn't you? ;0)

At least you got more than the standard rejection letter - I've never had any comments on mine at all! Still doesn't help, though, does it?!

Julie xx

suzy doodling said...

Hi Julie,
I always think I'll give this writing game up when those horrible r. envelopes appear,then after a day I'm reaching for a pen again to write down how crud I feel. If you don't submit, you will never get acceptances, so as you say, onward and upward. Good luck.

Julie P said...

Hi, Suzy,

Yes, onwards and upwards!
You can't let rejections stop you writing and submitting.

Julie xx

Diane Fordham said...

Hugs Julie. This will make you feel a bit better; went on line to check if I received any good news re subs overseas (keep dreaming Diane) ... TEN rejections from Womans Weekly - (admittedly was two batches of five stories) but still TEN rejections. But that is not going to stop me!

Julie P said...

Oh, Diane. I feel your pain {{{HUGS}}}Ten rejections bah humbug! But congratulations in getting ten submissions out to Woman's Weekly in the first place - that's a great acheivement!

That's the attitude, Diane - I admire your fighting spirit! Together we shall overcome!

Julie xx