sandra_lindsey: me sitting in the garden with daffodils (Default)
So this morning I sent off my first proper short story submission – it’s not any of the stories I’ve mentioned here before, mostly because it was just an idea of a setting and character types until I read an open call for submissions for an anthology which it would be suitable for… the part I got wrong in this scenario was not finding out about the anthology until 2 weeks before the deadline…

But I am so chuffed that I did manage to write it, and it not be complete trite. I’ve had a couple of late nights (3am or so) this week due to doing this, but I got it finished (first time I’ve managed that – I have tried writing things to submit for anthologies before now but always ran out of time) and I submitted it. I hope I did get all the formatting right, I read the instructions so many times that I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve been reciting them in my sleep!

I decided the best course of action was just to try and forget that I’d sent it. Which worked for all of four hours, when I realised that I’d have to make sure to check my junk mail folder – pesky spam-filters often send stuff there which they shouldn’t – and then, when I got home from my day-job I had an e-mail reply acknowledging receipt and letting me know when I should hear back by…

…and since then I’ve become convinced that it really is the biggest heap of rubbish ever written; or if not that, that my style of writing is atrocious and I’ll get a response along the lines of “we like the idea, but please go off and learn to write before submitting anything more to us” (but probably phrased more politely). *groan*

Mostly I want to just give myself a good slap and tell myself to grow up – if it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, learn all you can from it. *sigh*


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