Just had a story pseudo rejected. (It was a contest entry and they just announced the winners and I wasn’t one of them.) As I was reading the piece getting ready to send it off to another market, I realized I’d used an agent’s name as one of the characters. Not only that, but as someone who receives a certain amount of positive attention from a bit of a sexist pig who is one of the other characters.
(Hangs head in shame…)
A reason it would be helpful to have fellow in my genre writers read my pieces…Or at least why I should google all characters before submission. I cannot trust my mind sometimes.
Well, now I can blame all future rejections on that. I can be that author that wrote that story that, yeah. Hopefully no one else noticed it and it’s fixed now at least.