Just checked my submissions list. Seven rejections, eight still in progress. This is normal for my fiction. On the other hand, "Skulduggery on the Express" now has my first ribbon, which is encouraging. It's still "in progress" so I redacted it here on WdC.
A big thanks to Northernwrites, WebWitch, and StephB for detailed reviews that helped make Skulduggery on the Express a better story. Having it chosen as the winning story in The Bard's Hall added sprinkles to the sundae.
I incorporated most of your suggested changes, then took the story down from WdC for simultaneous submission to two paying publications. I expect rejections from both, but "nothing ventured..."
WdC has encouraged my creativity and made writing fun!
If you're thinking of submitting for publication, have a look at how a Woman's World editor approached a cozy romance that was later published. Removed unnecessary words, made some changes that left questionable grammar (but that suit the reading audience), removed all internal dialog, even changed the eye color of the heroine. Changing the title is quite common, BTW.
My poem "I Will Dance" has been selected for publication in "Behold", an anthology of Canadian poetry, by Polar Expressions Publishing. It's a bit of a vanity press thing, where the top 100 items are published (out of however many are submitted) and you buy the anthology if you want one. There is no entry fee, and no obligation to purchase. This will be my fourth publication with Polar Expressions.
Pared down a 1000 word Writer's Cramp winner into an 800 word romance submission to Woman's World. Also submitted a 700 word cozy mystery to the same source. I've four rejections from WW so far; maybe these two will make it. Wish me luck!
Just thought I'd let you know that I will have a short story in Polar Expressions Publishing's new anthology, "Setting the Scene". My story is called "Mistaken for a Bear". The anthology comes out in November or December.
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