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Adam Israel
The cycle begins 
10th-Aug-2007 08:40 pm
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Form rejection last night, so I went out today and bought labels, a box of 9x10 envelopes and a box of #10 envelopes for SASE. I'm going to hold on to the rejected story for a week and get a few more critiques on it as a kind of gut check. I did send out a different story, though. Thus the cycle begins. My goal is one new story submitted each month, on top of the rejects going back out the door.

Two of three workshop stories are rewritten. The third looks like it wants to be a novella, perhaps even a novel. I'm going to give it some breathing room and consider my options. Already working on the next WIP, an idea that came to me during the workshop. I wanted to challenge myself with something a bit different. This is both longer than any of my recent stories (estimating it should come in around 6k words), and falls somewhere between alternate history and harder science fiction than I usually write.
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11th-Aug-2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Adam, it sounds interesting. If you're going to be as productive as it's clear you are, figure out a tracking method -- I had a terrible time remembering what had been rejected where. Until they all start selling, anyway, then you just need a system to keep track of the sales.
11th-Aug-2007 10:40 am (UTC)
Right now I'm using a spreadsheet. The first worksheet is a list of markets I have or plan on submitting to. Then I have a worksheet for each story that contains the market sent to, date sent, accepted, rejected or withdrawn.

Ultimately, I'd like to make throw together a web-based version of this. That project is low-priority, though.
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11th-Aug-2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad idea. I didn't add the listed response time, but I do have an "Days in Limbo" column that calculates how many days the story has been out :)
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