The Rejection Engine Never Stops

Last night I checked my e-mail at 7 PM or 8 PM or some evening hour when most people should be out drinking and eating good food or seeing a movie or some social non-work-related activity…

And I had a newly-received rejection e-mail from a short story market.  Because, one of the first things you learn when you start submitting short stories or querying agents is that the reviewers and agents NEVER stop working.

I think my first four or five story rejections were all received on weekends.  It’s because for most of these folks they have other things they do during that normal Monday to Friday, 9-5 time period.  (Like edit and arrange their magazine or work their day job or talk to publishers about their existing clients.)

So, evenings and weekends are the only time they have to review new story submissions or queries.  Which means those are now dangerous times for me.

I occasionally can’t sleep and (thanks to a few years of having a work blackberry and a few bosses who would send e-mails at three in the morning about something they wanted addressed before lunch) will roll over in bed and check my e-mails.

I don’t know why.  I really don’t get that many interesting e-mails these days…

What I do get, now that I’m writing and submitting, are rejection e-mails at one in the morning or two in the morning.

That does nothing for insomnia.  Trust me.

It’s amazing how hard these folks work.  They truly have a passion for what they’re doing.  But, man, would my weekends be happier if they worked a little less…

Of course, I could just avoid e-mail on the weekends…Hmm.  That would work, too.

About M. H. Lee

M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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4 Responses to The Rejection Engine Never Stops

  1. dana mentink says:

    Chin up, best pencil forward, as my writer friend says! If you’re rejection pile isn’t taller than your published works, you’re not trying hard enough. Trust me, my rejection pile is plenty hefty. ☺☺

    • mhleewriter says:

      Yeah, same here…I just need to quit checking e-mail after 10 PM. Last two nights, two rejections–one at 10:42 and one at 11.

      Well, if I wasn’t trying, I wouldn’t be getting rejected, right?

  2. Dave Higgins says:

    I tried commenting before but there is an issue with Akismet that seems to disappear some comments.

    I think knowing they worked weekends and not looking would eat into me more than discovering I had been rejected.

    • mhleewriter says:

      I never venture into the spam folder on here, but you’re right, your comment did end up in there. Weird!

      Yeah, I keep looking even though I know I shouldn’t. But it is not fun to check e-mail at 10:30 at night and see a new rejection pop up…(which happened to me three times this week…)

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