As I mentioned a few posts ago in Non-News Good News, submitting your work to publishers is a bitc— I mean, a lengthy and time consuming process filled with woe.
Take, for example, my short story My Body’s Rorschach.
Seriously. Take it. You can! It’s been published in the fine literary journal, Pilot!
Yesterday I was out for a walk with my friends Sam and Tina, and we wandering into Atlantic News so they could buy lottery tickets. I swung by the writing section of the magazine stands (why is it always hidden away on the bottom shelf?), and there it was! Issue 9! With my name listed as a contributor!
Yes, I’m excited. It’s delightful to see your name in print. But getting this one story published was a long journey. And since I love lists so much, I thought I would put together a simple time line for your enjoyment.
Spring 2002 — I first wrote the story under the title A Few Weeks In The Summer. Yes, that was a horrible title. Yes, I am terrible at coming up with titles.
November 2004 — I first submitted the story to a literary journal for publication. It was rejected.
August 2005 — I submitted it for the second time. Also rejected.
2006 — 2007 — I was working on other things. The story was all but forgotten about.
2008 — I stumbled across the story and reread it, expecting to hate it. It was messy, but there were some parts I still really liked. So I reworked it, came up with a (marginally) better name, and starting to submit it more regularly.
April 5, 2011 — I submitted My Body’s Rorschach to Pilot Project. They were the 12th publisher to get it.
August 12, 2011 — I received an email from the Pilot Project editor accepting the story for publication. Woo Hoo!
Fall 2011 — My editor and I went back and forth 5 or 6 times on some changes they wanted me to make. Yes, even when something is accepted to be published, it still isn’t finished!
February 2012 — Six months after it was first accepted, and ten years after it was first writing, My Body’s Rorschach (along with several other stories) is sitting on shelves of a handful of book stores across Canada.
A stack a other stories, including a novel and a screenplay, are going through the same process. It is possible that nothing else will ever see the light of day again. And this, dear friends, is why I have two other day jobs.