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Thursday, June 28, 2012
I had promised a number of years ago that if I ever placed a short story collection, your readers would be the first to know. I am delighted to report that I am able to fulfill that pledge. My collection, Scouting for the Reaper, has won this year's Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press. Your readers will be amused to know that my total rejection count for creative work now includes slightly more 25,000 rejection letters. I have published slightly more than 200 stories. Mathematics is not my strong suit, so I'll leave it to you to calculate my placement percentage. I thank you for all of your kind words and support over the years.
Jacob M. Appel
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
"...don’t get bitter about rejections, ever. Transform whatever bad feelings you might have into useful feelings; you should never feel ashamed about a rejection."--Sheila Heti (author of How Should A Person Be?)A-novel-a-year novelist Sheila Heti offers the above advice here, which is sound. She has the kind of career I always wanted to have, but alas, I'm more the book-every-decade-or-longer type of writer. Oh well, hope in the end it's worth all the time it takes. She also has a super cute hair do. Just saying.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"Did I cry over some of these rejections? Absolutely. Did I feel inadequate, untalented, hurt? Yes. Did I doubt my ability to craft a story that readers could fall in love with? You bet."
That's Jessica Park, who hit road block after road block trying to get her book Flat-Out Love in front of readers. You can read her incredible blog post on IndieReader (also picked up by HuffPo) detailing her perseverance and how she finally succeeded by doing it herself with Kindle Direct Publishing. It's heartwarming and tells a powerful story about what KDP makes possible.Hmm....congratulations to her, right?
Monday, June 18, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
article at Business2Community has some words on the matter and a very tenuous (IMHO) association. But check it out anyway and then forget it, but have a nice weekend.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
- For those of you who don't know, I started this blog by posting a backlog of my very own rejections and went for a good long time until I ran out.
- Then I posted some rejections that came along in real-time.
- Then you all started sending me your rejections which has been interesting.
- Then we started a bunch of conversations about the state of publishing which has declined greatly these past 5 years.
- During this time I have published a bunch of things, but not another book, which is disappointing. I have also revised my novel many times and had a few agents interested who ultimately walked away.
- My family has gone crazy over my public writing about being disinherited and about them in essence.
- A bunch of publishers got excited about the disinheritance book proposal, but ultimately walked away.
- A small press is potentially interested in a book of my published essays, but they have not gotten back to me with an answer, and plus my family will FREAK out if it gets published, so there's that.
- I finally put my family way on the outside of my life. In fact, they can go for a flying fuck if they would like to; I'm done.
- Just last month I took my "third-person omniscient" point of view and turned it into first-person weird" point of view which has revolutionized the novel, now so many years in the making it's embarrassing to give it a number in public. (Related to the above bullet? probably)
- Will the novel get published now? I don't know. Secret Agent Man is giving it a read (new to him), as are a few other trusted readers. So cross your fingers for me, peeps.
Oh, and happy anniversary to you too. You mice make this blog worth writing and reading.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Dear Writer: I am very sorry to inform you that our judge did not select your story for this year’s fiction award at Washington Square. I do, however, want to thank you very much for submitting, and hope you will think of us in the future. Best, Lizzie Harris Washington Square Awards Editor
Monday, June 4, 2012
Thank you for submitting "Title of your Work" to The Willow Springs Fiction Prize. Unfortunately, your story was not selected as this year's winner. We do hope you enjoy the chosen story, which will be featured in Willow Springs issue 70. As a contest entrant, your subscription to the magazine will begin with this issue. We wish you the best of luck in placing your story elsewhere. Sincerely, The Editors, Willow Springs