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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Getting there...

I've been a little quiet lately, because I'm in the middle of moving house (more about that fiasco at a later date), but I thought I'd share this.

I realise I've finally had that all-important first sale, but somehow I don't think it counts. I didn't get paid for it, and from what I can see the book isn't going to sell in huge numbers unless I do some serious promotion of my own. Ellen Datlow will be reading it for her Year's Best Horror anthology, but seeing how I didn't make one of the editor's top 3 picks from the book I don't think I'll be getting an email asking for reprint rights...

So yeah. Something to share. It's not a sale, unfortunately, but it's probably my best rejection to date. It's from Shimmer, a semi-pro paying market who put out a great 'zine and publish some fantastic stories.

Dear Chris,
Thank you for allowing Shimmer to consider "Second Hand Wings," but I'm going to pass on this one.

This story almost won me over--and I love the title--but I don't think you go quite far enough with it. It seems to me there is yet more story to be told here.

Best of luck with this one, and please do try us again. Would like to see more from you.


Which is pretty good, as far as rejection letters go. And she's right, too; having looked at the story again with fresh eyes, it's more of a vignette than a full story. So I'll be reworking it, and finding somewhere else to submit it.

That's all for now.

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