I’m mildly miffed, although I’m not sure I have a right to be and it really isn’t a big deal. It’s more of an “huh.” moment.
Two weeks ago I submitted a short story to Telegraph Connect, for their Primogeniture Anthology. Now I like my story, and I believe in it. I’m also fine if it gets rejected.
I also believe I could have worked on it a bit more. My post here outlines some of what I should have done.
So what’s miffing me? Can I say miffing? Screw it, I’m saying miffing.
Well the deadline was April 18th and I met that deadline. I went to visit the site again and basically it says “Stories being reviewed. If you didn’t submit your story yet, please do so still. ”
What? You mean I could have worked on it another two weeks?
One the one hand. I could have had my alpha reader read it several times. I could have editted and polished it for two whole weeks.
On the other, two weeks COULD mean that I could have procrastinated for two more weeks. It would have meant two more weeks of agonizing and rethinkning and rewriting.
I know myself well enough to know that I would have done the latter. Hindsight is 20/20.
Deadlines are good. Respecting them is the mark of a professional. This is something I am trying to learn. I’m not always good at meeting deadlines but this year, I’m making a point of trying.
I was wondering if I should polish my story some more and resubmit, but I will respect the deadline and go with what I have. Sometimes overthinking it is bad too. Who knows? Maybe working on it for another two weeks would mean that the story loses something that makes it special.
All in all, I guess I shouldn’t be too miffed about it. It all works out in the end.
Back to waiting.
I definitely think resubmitting is not a good idea. Let the story lay. Lie? When it comes back reread it. If something comes to mind, fix it. Then send it off again. I have collected nearly 500 rejects and only 14 sales, but the sales come when I don’t perseverate on trying to make a story perfect. Besides, I’ve hear it’s bad form and unprofessional.
Fellow HTTS member.
Oh I definitely agree that resubmitting isn’t a good idea.
I was just mulling things over. I don’t think that working the story over right now would make it any better anyway. Sometimes it’s best to go with what you have. I haven’t submitted much (at all really) but it’s happened before where a second draft was much better than say, the fifth.
Still…the “what if” will always nag me. I may just revisit once it’s rejected, just to see what more I can do with it.