Happy New Year! I hope that everyone is doing well. It’s been a while since I updated this space, but I warned you all that this might happen. Writing is one of those slow paced professions, there isn’t much to update on a daily basis.
Tor ALMOST accepted one of my stories, so I considered that a success this past year. I focus more on that, and not on any bitterness at having been ultimately rejected after a six month wait. According to the editor, the story was quite good, but it wasn’t consistent with what they were putting out at that time, and it was the last time they would be publishing authors without an agent, so that was that.
It didn’t stop me though, I sent the story out a few more times, got rejected a few more times, revised it, and then sent it out again. Also the Tor rejection was one of the only rejection letters that I saved, because of the care the editor took to let me know that s/he thought my story was good.
Each time the story was rejected, I gave myself some time to focus on life, and then returned to the manuscript. Each time I found something that needed improvement. I’m becoming more comfortable with rejections and I believe they’re a blessing to an author. You want to get rejected, you want your success to be steady and slow. It gives you time to reflect and get the stories just right. My perception is that every rejection is an opportunity, and not a failure. So, if you’ve been dealing with rejection, I hope that you will take this to heart. You’re right where you need to be, keep working.
I now have five chapters of Azure Letters up on Channillo. FIVE! If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do, subscribe, and give me some feedback. http://channillo.com/series/azure-letters/
One of the special things about serializing a novel is that you can take some of the feedback into account. I know that the chapters are few, so it hasn’t attracted much attention, but I promise that the story is a good one, even if my doubts gnaw at me when I see that those who have subscribed haven’t left a ton of feedback for me to read.
I don’t want to promise anything, but now that I’ve gotten past some of the more difficult points in the story, I believe that my revising will move faster and I should have more chapters up by the end of the months. I don’t want to promise anything, as I don’t want to rush any revisions, but five chapters are up, and I believe that a lot of you will like them.
My far flung hope is that after Azure Letters is finished, I’ll keep it up on Chanillo, and publish it in a physical form, because it’s a book that belongs on a shelf.
There are other projects on the back burner, but I’ll discuss those as soon as I get to them. I want to fulfill my commitments to Chanillo, and make sure that I’m giving everything the appropriate attention so I’m not putting out rushed work.
Again, Happy New Year everyone! And if you support my work, please let me know, I’d love to hear from you!