Erin Ritch

Author, Mom, Founder of No Wyverns Publishing

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New Horizons


It’s near the end of the first month of 2017…wow. January has been a busy month of birthdays, anniversaries, family visits, ice skating lessons and pretty much everything else in between. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m having a baby in about six weeks? *insert ten thousand other things that need to be done before baby #2 comes*

I have a lovely list of goals for 2017 outlined on the front page of my obsessively detailed 2017 planner (which I live by.) I’m calling them my New Horizons┬ábecause I’m excited about the direction it will take me and my writing. I’m hoping to expand No Wyverns Publishing, release three new fiction titles this year, and explore the world of non-fiction writing. Another goal on my list? Aim for 100 rejections this year. That’s right. The more rejections = the more I’m submitting my work out there.

Oh yeah, did I mention I’m having a baby in six weeks? Don’t worry, that event is on my planner, too.

Rejection, rejection… but you gotta play the game.

Part of being a writer/artist/anybody involves…rejection.

Oh well, it sucks but that’s life. In particular, I’m talking here about submitting work for possible publication. For me, that’s my fiction writing. I’ve submitted work to agents and editors of E-Zines (do they still call it that?? I feel like I’m dating myself here…), print magazines, journals (again, I sound old), contests and just regular old Random House (yes, one time I sent a submission to Random House. Slush pile, anyone?)

Even just having your work out there in that big, wild there involves rejection. Case in point – I have a story up on Amazon/Barnes & It was free for a long period of time and got scathing reviews. One reviewer went so far as to suggest my native language was not English and I just typed the whole damn story into Google Translate and the resulting poop was my “story.”

Yikes, ouchie wa wa!

(Yet a part of me wondered what convoluted wonderfulness would come out of that?)

But now that I’m back in the game, I am loving that rush of checking the mail/email for the response to your submission. Yes, it is likely (as in 99.999999999% likely) that you will get rejected. Unless you’re Stephen King. 

Recently I submitted work to a website called The Toast. Love their site and the content is hilarious. Here’s the response I got today:

Thank you for sending us “Glimpsed”. We appreciate the chance to read your work and know that putting yourself out there as a writer is a hell of a thing. Unfortunately, this piece won’t work for for us but we wish you the best in placing your work elsewhere. 

Stay classy, The Toast – I love it. I got the email notification at work and was able to shrug it off, because hey, that was cool. 

I’m wondering how different this new world of rejection will be with the current way of “submitting” your work. I came from a world of SASE and 6 – 12 week response times. Now you can get a rejection in a week and move on to the next. (And probably the next after that.) Maybe now this publishing world is slowly changing into being ran by people like me – there’s a bigger picture here, let’s take a breath and respect each other. Because guess what? It’s 2015 and I can take my story and put it on my own damn blog, but I took the time to send it to YOU and give you ample time to read it and process it. So yes, I will take your polite rejection with a nod of my head and move on to the next.

I think this sounds like a very good thing.