Last month, after a mere 270 days of editing, I submitted my first-ever piece of literature for publication to Highlights Magazine.
On Saturday, I received my first-ever rejection letter from Highlights Magazine.
I’ve come full circle.
The Editors tried to soften the blow with a form letter telling me that I was “competing with hundreds of other authors” when I sent in my manuscript.
I was not comforted by this information. I wanted to be the CHOSEN one. I wanted Ed McMahon to show up at my door with balloons, an over-sized check, a limo, and a magnum of champagne.
My husband tried to bolster my spirits, noting that my form letter didn’t indicate that my story lacked focus or had weak characters. And yes, it helped a bit. I know it wasn’t realistic to think I’d be published on my first submission, but a teeny part of me desperately hoped it would be so.
So, it’s back to the proverbial drawing board for me. I am going to send the piece out to a few other children’s magazines and see how it goes. I have another story idea on tap and will settle down to write it after we return from our summer road trip at the end of July. Wish me luck!
Comment Editing: Can I get an Amen?
Construction is in full swing on booklineandsinker.com, and things are coming along despite the fact that most of the directions and/or instructions I read appear to be written in Chinese or Sanskrit. Maybe it’s just me. I keep a brave smile pasted on my face, my techie friend on speed dial, a bottle of wine nearby, and pretend that everything is going swimmingly. Fake it ’til you make it is my mantra, and the stakes are high!
My husband and I have a wager riding on the development of my new blog; he’s under the impression that I will outsource the design and technical development before it goes live. He said that my spotty track record speaks volumes, but in my own defense, I only hired the pastry chef to bake my Christmas cookies ONCE! Dear old hubby went on to remind me of the year I ordered our Christmas tree from the Williams-Sonoma catalog, which happened to be the same year that I invited my entire extended family to Easter dinner and fed them a catered meal that I attempted to pass off as my own. The jig was up (and we enjoyed a hearty laugh) after a meddling great-aunt found evidence in my trashcan that brought the deception to light. But I digress.
Thus far, the most exciting thing about moving to a self-hosted blog is a little feature that benefits anyone who leaves a comment on my blog. I hope you will be half as excited as I was to discover this little gem. (Or maybe you don’t live under a rock with me and already know about it.)
How many times have you dashed off a witty comment on someone’s blog only to discover, after clicking submit of course, that you made a glaring TYPO? You frantically hit the back button on your browser in a vain attempt to undo the boo-boo, but it’s always too late. So, what do you do next? If you’re anything like me, you leave a second comment begging the blogger to correct your mistake. Am I alone here? I didn’t think so!
So, the good news? On my NEW! website, you will be able to edit your comments for up to 30 minutes after leaving them! Simply use the same computer (IP address) and you can come back and fix any mistake(s). I know, I know! I can almost smell the rose petals that are being tossed at my feet at this very minute. Now I can only hope that it will work.
Does anyone have the number for a website developer handy?
Posted in Mad Ramblings
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