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FEEDBACK Required – Help me improve

This really isn't how to handle rejection.

This really isn’t how to handle rejection.

I’ve just had another rejection for Shattered Lands: Torquemaster Rising. Unlike a lot of people, I take rejection well. Each rejection reduces the mile-long list of agents and publishers to whom I have yet to submit, and at the same time rises awareness of me. Yes they’ve rejected me this time, but there’s nothing to say that they will in the future, nor that they won’t start following me on Twitter or on Facebook and like something else I’ve done and just drop me a line. Naive? Maybe, but that’s how I got an editing gig with Fringe Works, and invited to work on the ‘secret’ project.

This last rejection was positive in its negativity. No, they weren’t interested. BUT. It was a close call, my writing is good. However, my writing also lacked that ‘something special’, and they were also working on something similar.

Now, I could take that to mean, ‘you’re good, and if we weren’t already looking at something similar we’d take you.’ But I won’t. I’ll take it in that whilst my writing is now of a good standard, I still need to improve a lot more and this is where YOU, my lovely followers, friends, subscribers and stalkers come in.

Please take a look at the short stories on this blog. There are quite a few, so please feel free to read your way through them, they are FREE afterall 🙂 Once you have done so, please take the time to leave a comment about what you liked and what you didn’t like because the whole point of me writing is to entertain people like you!


About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


2 thoughts on “FEEDBACK Required – Help me improve

  1. Hi Matt, I like your attitude to the process of getting professional recognition for your work through publication. I will face a similar problem when I have finished my training several years from now. The audition process within operatic circles carries just as many knock backs and I will remember your words and carry them with me.

    Keep on with your dream and I wish every success.


    Posted by Charlotte Hoather | June 5, 2013, 9:08 pm
    • Hello Charlotte,
      Thanks for your kind words, I don’t envy you auditioning in front of people either, but I’m sure you’ll do well. Just concentrate on the positive and try to avoid concentrating on negative statements that just aren’t any help.

      You can have negative comments that help you improve and those are the ones that you need to take to heart, just concentrating on the helpful part of the criticism.

      Anything else, you can tell to jog on 🙂


      Posted by mattsylvester | June 6, 2013, 8:13 am

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