The Final Words

The mss for the Valki story went via a submit to a trad. publisher. I do this occasionally; okay, once a year I submit to one of them. Two competitions and one sub to a publisher.

One thing is a constant with these things. It happens after it’s sent. I do a re-read about a week after the sub. Guess what? You know, don’t you?

laptop-3087585_1280A small error. In the mss, it was a missing word. A whole word and the full stop that designated the end of sentence. How could I miss that? Well, I did. Do you think it’s deliberate? Maybe. Self-sabotage just so I can continue to snap-publish as I go, because I don’t really have time to wait for the publication process that comes with the big houses? Who knows? I don’t. I’ll try again next year (no, I haven’t had a response yet, but … and here’s the next bit).

There’s also a synopsis submitted. This one was very short – 300 words. Now, if you know me, 300 words is an introduction to a character (in action, of course) and can’t tell the whole story. But I did it, sort of, and it went out with the mss with the missing word. And what do you think I saw when I checked it after the gaff with the mss?

An error. Not a spelling or grammar mistake, nor was it a missing word. It was a missing milestone. This is where I rolled the eyes and blatted the forehead on the desk (sans keyboard, which is already in a state of dereliction). And stayed that way for a few minutes while the mind spun in opposing

Is it deliberate? If I went back to all the subs, would I find the little errors that editors hate, that deplete  (as in lessen) the chances that they may finish the sub? Isn’t that what they do when they find those things?

The big, scary editor probably doesn’t even get to see them, is what I tell myself. It’s the readers of the slush pile, and they are the hardest of taskmasters. Much more discerning than the average reader (if such a thing exists). These readers are usually aspiring writers, and therefore … yes, I stuffed myself. Did it to myself. No

Except it means The Valki of Three Salt Springs won’t be published until I hear back from them.

The new story is on its way. I’ll tell you about it in 400 words on Wednesday.

All pics from Pixabay (because I don’t seem to have any of my own on WP anymore!).



17 thoughts on “The Final Words

  1. Hey Cage! Exciting, terrifying moments. I am pitching my ms to two different publishers in a couple of weeks. It’s very scary and I’m telling myself that nothing will come from it (glass half empty kinda girl that I am).
    There is always ALWAYS something overlooked, an error, spelling mistake, etc and my mentor (loathe that term) tells me not to worry so much, it’s the story they’re after. The editors pick up that stuff (hopefully) in the path to pub process. Which you know of course, just a long-winded way of saying be kind to yourself. 😍

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  2. We all do that, we’re all human. If an editor can’t look for the story, they weren’t the right fit for you. I feel editors see the story, they just prefer an mss polished. One typo isn’t an indication it wasn’t polished to my mind, but with so many writers submitting it could be the fine deciding line for them. Good luck come what may!

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  3. I feel your pain. I sent out a few submissions with a grammatical error in the cover letter. Long story short, I was using a cover letter template and changing it to suit the differing guidelines, I had a bit of sleep deprivation from a teething toddler, and managed to mangle two sentences into one. Live and learn.

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  4. good luck. depends a lot who you happen to get for a reader — some people read for the story no matter what, and some read for mistakes to quickly bounce something so they can drop it for the next one. still you know, everybody great gets rejected a lot. did you know Agatha Christie was rejected for 5 years before she got out of the slush pile and published? The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times, she threw up her hands and self-published 250 copies. I think it’s harder now though. I may be wrong but I don’t think as many books are being published by publishers. There seems to be a movement towards self-published ebooks even by those having several novels published.

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    • I like self-publishing, but there are still people who think the only good book is trad. published. And having at least one or two trad pub. books gets your other stories in front of a bigger audience. don’t we all wish for a wide readership, the reader who … see, I still dream, therefore, I continue to write.

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