Mod up at Brain Harvest

My flash story Mod went up at Brain Harvest today. I started the story in August of 2010 and technically finished it, but I knew it wasn’t “finished.” In January, I pulled it out, added a bunch of words, cut a bunch more, and sent it off. I’m pleased it ended up at Brain Harvest, as I like a lot of the stories they run and their tone, in general.

Had a rejection today, a batch of 3 poems, but I’ve already sent one back out and am looking for a place to send the other two. Sometimes I send stories out and immediately make a list of markets in case they’re rejected. I have a separate spreadsheet page for each piece that lists the markets that have rejected it, the market it’s at and the markets that it can go to.

I need to do that soon for everything I have out, because it makes rejections less of a big deal. Having to stop and find a market makes it seem so much more BLARGH. But when I have a list ready to go, I just create the cover letter, make sure I don’t have to change format (or change it if I do) and zap it back out. Requires less dwelling on it.

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  1. March 14th, 2011 | Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    Good story, Shelley!

    I usually have one or two other markets in mind in case a story is rejected – I try not to put too much effort into a back up plan – watching the karma and all that. 🙂

  2. March 14th, 2011 | Milo James Fowler says:

    “Less dwelling on it” is usually a good thing. And cool flash @ Brain Harvest — that one will stick with my 100% pink self for a while.

  3. March 15th, 2011 | NicoleMD says:

    Wow cool story! And disturbing, but that’s a compliment. 🙂 Congrats!

  4. March 16th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, Nicky!

  5. March 18th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Madeline, I try to be positive too. But I find myself really resisting looking for new markets when I get a rejection. I think I’ll limit myself to just two or three initially so I don’t feel like I’m jinxing myself. 😉

    Milo, thanks! Gosh, but it’s fun to disturb people, isn’t it? 🙂

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