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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 10:33 am
I dunnno, shit. Just shit.

Primarily my summer writing projects have been editing and submitting stories from earlier this year and last year. Most of the markets for literary fiction are closed during the summer, so my options for submission are limited until September. Which is good if I'm trying to avoid rejection letters, like yesterday's Paris Review form letter. I send out to these long shots, knowing it's unlikely I'll get picked out of the slush pile, but it still hurts a little when the rejection comes through. I'm also making the decision to only submit to venues that pay. For some reason, literary fiction writers are expected to publish for free, for exposure, for the publishing credit, rather than get paid early in their career. Having spent enough time in the graphic design/art world, where this is also a prevalent expectation, I can assure you it's also some bullshit.

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c_maxx
c_maxx
Carlton Max
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)

Stick to your guns. Go for the paying jobs if that's what you want!

Rejection notices mean that you're out there swinging at the ball.

I learned to roller skate at a group skate on my 40th birthday, a few years divorced, and still much bereft.

I fell down every 5-10 seconds for almost two hours (lotsa rejection) on that first outing. A friend who was a good skater watched the performance, and her wry comment was, "Carlton, you are going to find another wife!"

It took a number of years, but i kept swinging and found a good one.

So don't give up. Falling down is part of the process!


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c_maxx
c_maxx
Carlton Max
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)

PS- Great beard!

Just saw the new photo! Mine is all white now...


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korrie
korrie
play with fire to break the ice
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)

.... What Carlton said! Keep swinging!

You have serious, real skillz in the writing dept. (and this is fact, not flattery.) Keep your head up, mate!


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