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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Manuscript submissions and the Literary Malaise

Manuscript submissions and the Literary Malaise

It’s about that time of year again. I’ll probably attempt 3+ subs a week for the month of October, mainly composed of work rejected by others. There is new work to mix into the lot and revisions of older work to reintegrate. And an updated CV to include among other things. Writing the cover-letters and tailoring the manuscript to each market’s particular guidelines is tedious and boring but constitutes a necessary evil. And I’m not even counting online submissions, each with their own file-format and nit-picky goodness.*

I remember seeing some blog concerning the zaniness of rejection letters; I’ve never recieved one that wasn’t exceptionally polite or a simple stock rejection slip (with the occaisional signature splashed on it). On the other hand, I’ve drunkenly sent some bizarre/mean rejections out in the past.**

Trying to get published like this while working full time and going to school full time is a pain in the ass. I haven’t even written anything new in week, let alone finish some of the stuff I’ve started (much of which requires some dastardly research on topics such as Beruit) except essays for my Sociology class. The requirements for said essays don’t leave much room for observations outside of the written material but you can interpret much of it how you please, provided you can qualify your statements. I happen to be very good at creating interpretation and analysis out of thin-air (bullshitting).

I’ve had four pieces accepted this year (two still awaiting publication) and one of my professors told me to send one of my essays into one of the school’s publications. She proofread the crap out of it and I lost points entirely on her strict style preferences such as using dashes instead of commas or parenthesis. One note even said that the comma before an ‘and’ (such as x, y and z) isn’t optional anymore (did they change that in the new MLA handbook? Are you fucking serious?); I raised an eyebrow to that, but I’m not really going to argue it. Most of the notes were of this nature. Which I can understand because I write much more fiction (and esoteric creative non-fiction) than I do college essays and have a habit of trading strict prescriptivist grammar for something a little more comfortable and functional. There was even a note to change ‘they’ to ‘he or she’; I call shenannigans. Or changing ‘You’ to something else (by restructuring the whole sentence, normally!); I do believe I intended the ‘you’ in an personal, almost accusatory, manner. Trust me.

There’s also the Sand Hills Writer’s Conference here at ASU every spring, which I didn’t attend this year but plan on attending in 2009. I have my reservations though, because much of the work in it is so fucking bland.

So I guess I’ll get the ‘ol printer warmed up, start scoping out worthy targets and matching them up with appropriate material and schedule my saturday afternoons for the clerical duties that come with writing.

* I am picky about Hobson’s Choice submissions, too, so I understand it and do my best to adhere to the guidelines. It really makes the editor’s work that much easier.
** Because I’m a dick.

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