Friday, July 26, 2013

Playing the Waiting Game

Hello, I'm Sasha, I'll be your friendly neighborhood writer for the evening.

I keep a writerly blog over at Live Journal, but it has proven impossible to access from work for about a month now, so I'm in the process of switching here to Blogger, which has been much more convenient.

As a writer, I always have multiple projects going on at once. I have a weekly movie review both in video and print format appearing in Hinesville, Fort Stewart, Richmond Hill and Statesboro, Georgia newspapers/ news sites. My short stories tend to be of the speculative fiction variety. I've published FIVE thus far. I am seeking an agent for my recently completed darkly comedic crime novel and for my Christian Young Reader book.

I'm also the official blogger for the Savannah Writers Group.

I enjoy sharing rejection letters and the like on Face Book so that non-writer types can see the perils we writers must go through.

Here was one such update I posted today:

THREE of my short stories have been SHORTLISTED this summer. The suspense is KILLING me as I wait to hear the outcomes. One of the three was cut, but only due to space restrictions. (Never mind that I'm also waiting to hear about my crime novel and my children's book!)


We have good news and we have bad news. The good news is that your story has made our second round, rarified company that more than 90% of submissions do not reach. While half or more of our second round stories will not ultimately see publication under the DSF rocket, this story has reached the final go/no-go before launch.

The bad news--and I promised you some bad news--is that it will take us time to make that final decision. Expect an additional two weeks or so, but don't be surprised if it's a month from today. Thanks for your continued patience, and thanks for sending us this worthy submission.