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I just got rejected and it was AWESOME!


A while ago I wrote my first-ever YA story for publication. It was only a short one, roughly five thousand words or so, but it was the first time I hadn’t written such a story for my kids. I sent it off to Inaccurate Realities and started working on a couple of other things that are in the pot.

Today I got a rejection and it was truly awesome, have a ganders;

Thank for your submission of “Blood Curse.” Unfortunately we don’t think this piece is right for Inaccurate Realities at this time.
 
We really enjoyed your writing but there were a lot of submissions and we just couldn’t fit everyone in. We strongly encourage you to submit to future issues, such as the upcoming Superpowers and Monsters issues. We also suggest that you subscribe to our newsletter for updates on future calls for submissions. 

Now, a lot of authors would look at the first line, tear up and take it all far too personally. Not me, this is a bloody lovely rejection letter! Let’s have a look at how I can take a rejection and make it a positive.

Unfortunately we don’t think this piece is right for Inaccurate Realities at this time

This basically means – to my mind at least – that I maybe didn’t hit what they were looking for. The subject was magic and I gave them a member of the Merlins, some kick-ass ghouls that needed killing, and the POV really not coping at all well with things.

But, it wasn’t necessarily what they were looking for. Mine submission was more urban fantasy, Harry Potter meets proper monsters, wets himself and throws up. Even cries a little. I like my heroes flawed. He’s one that I’ll be developing as my daughters loved the story so I have yet another one to keep going for their entertainment.

We really enjoyed your writing but there were a lot of submissions and we just couldn’t fit everyone in.

Some authors would continue to tear up at this point, maybe sacrificing their kittens. Or children. Me, I just saw the fact that they really enjoyed my writing. This is the first time that I’ve written and submitted a YA story and they really enjoyed it! That means my writing is good but that if I tie it in with the first line, it just wasn’t quite what they’re looking for. They enjoyed it! Which means that they’ll remember me when I when I submit again.

Now, that line could well be a sop. A pat on the shoulder. A ‘there, there little man’. But look at the next line.

We strongly encourage you to submit to future issues

Nope. They liked my writing and they want to see more! What an awesome rejection! I’ve been told ‘no, but please keep subbing.’ There are only positives to be taken from this and I’m extremely chuffed that my first YA story went down so well.

I can’t wait for the next rejection!

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.

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