Indecisions, Indecisions

Submitted another W1S1 story today. The market I’d originally intended to send it to just ended their submission period and won’t read again until 2012. If it hasn’t found a home by then, I’ll give them a shot.

A few weeks ago I found myself wondering about the wisdom of writing a story aimed at at anthology, particularly one that has a narrow theme. At that time I’d written one story with a fairly specific focus and submitted it. I’m still waiting to hear back on that one. If it’s rejected, it will take some reworking to make it suitable for any other market. But once I rework it, and I know exactly how I’d do that, it could be sent to a wide variety of places. In fact, while writing it I almost left out a couple of elements necessary to the anthology and wrote it a little differently. In the end, I went with the anthology’s theme.

Not long after this, I wrote a story aimed at another anthology with a narrow focus–narrow enough that I wasn’t sure where I’d send the story if it bounced back to me. I even wondered aloud at Absolute Write about the wisdom of submitting to narrowly focused anthologies. I think it was the same day or the next that the story I’d been worried about was accepted. So I stopped worrying.

Now, however, I’ve written a story with an extremely narrow focus for an anthology that has been rejected. The anthology is horror-themed, but with a specific thrust. And looking at the story now, I do have another market in mind that’s probably a good fit, but it would require cutting about 700 words. I’m not sure I want to work that hard for this story. It’s a bit wild and galloping, and I knew when I submitted that it probably wasn’t exactly what the anthology was looking for. I started out on track, but the story wanted to go in another direction. I submitted anyway because there’s no point in rejecting myself–I’ll give the editor the privelege of doing that! So I wasn’t surprised by the rejection.

I’m now left wondering, though, if I should just trunk this one. I had fun writing it, but the idea of spending time cutting a fairly wild and galloping 4,670 words story down to 4,000–I’m not sure it’s worth the effort, and I’m just not sure I want to.

The rejection, first for March and second for the year, didn’t get me down at all. I shrugged and thought, “Gosh, where can I send this one to now?” That might have something to do with how it didn’t take me long to write and I didn’t struggle over it like I do some stories. The first story I sent to antho, the one I’m waiting to hear back on, will crack my heart just a little if it’s rejected, especially if it’s form rejected. But I have a plan in place if that happens, and I really think it’ll find a home somewhere nice. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done. The story that got picked up for the upcoming antho would have hurt me had it been rejected, because I felt great about it when it was done. This last one that was rejected made me shrug a little. I think that’s an important distinction that the story doesn’t matter to me as much, and there’s probably a good reason for that.

I’ll look for a potential market that won’t require carving first. If it keeps getting rejected, I’ll carve it down to 4,000 and submit to the market mentioned above (one that published an equally wild and galloping piece by me in 2003 or 2004). If it comes back from there, I think it’s destined for ye olde trunk.

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