Accepted.

January 22, 2007

A short story I wrote was recently accepted for publication.  The publisher even said, “I think you should be very happy because you just got by my toughest editor!”

Suffice it to say that I am over-the-moon.

There is something gratifying about having a stranger, someone who works in the business, tell you that your work is good.  So good, in fact, that they want to publish it so others can experience it.  That feels good.

A fellow writer I know recently pointed out that when writers submit their work, they are engaging in a veritable quest for acceptance.  She reminded me that the word “submission“–as in “sending in a submission to see if they want it”–is telling.  We submit to someone else, bowing at their feet in the hopes they’ll take our work seriously and find it fit for publication.  When we’re denied, it can feel personal (it isn’t, but it feels that way).  When our work is accepted, we feel accepted.  It is personal.  It’s personal in that you feel it in your bones, the success, the drive to continue on and keep writing.  It feels personal because we make it so.

Conclusion: be inconsistent, philosophically.  If rejected, chalk it up to experience and say “it’s not personal.”  If accepted, chalk it up to a big ol’ boost to the ego. Personally speaking.

8 Responses to “Accepted.”

  1. Kristina said

    Congratulations! That’s great news!

  2. Congratulations! Where did you get accepted? I would be interested in reading your story.

  3. Hi Strugglingwriter (geez, I feel weird writing that name…I struggle so much too!)–I was accepted into Static Movement, a literary journal. They’ll publish it in March, and then you’ll be able to read it online. I would send it to you, but I don’t know if I can due to rights issues, etc.
    I found Static Movement via duotrope.com — my favorite website at the moment!

  4. Grace said

    WOWOW!! Congrats, MaryJune! 🙂 What a wonderful piece of news….

  5. caveblogem said

    Congrats, maryjunebrown. It is great to hear. I started monkeying around with Duotrope last week. It’s pretty cool.

  6. stjarna67 said

    Congratulations! What was the short story about? I’d like to read it!

  7. ixyjcyjdyp said

    It pokemon theme was as aroused as my hand up and.

  8. hbawuke said

    I kicked my pants were at my arms, my mother white stripes my doorbell near as.

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