Would that explain why it has been so quiet out on the Intertubes? I’ve submitted to about 30 literary pubs in the last three months and it’s eerily quiet out there. I’m used to the wait. I freelanced long enough to know that quantity is the key. And for a while I was good about sending out new submissions every couple weeks, assuming that I’d generate a rolling response cycle. But I’m starting to feel like I have just sent things off into Neverland and may never hear anything about them. I know that patience is the key, but don’t you ever start to get that sneaking insecurity that says something like, “Sure, they usually respond in thirty days. But that crap you sent is taking them longer because they’re so busy passing it around and giggling about it.” To be honest, that specific sentiment hadn’t occurred to me until right now. And now I feel even worse.
However… it does none of us any good to peer down the road behind us, trying to see if there’s anything coming. Much better to keep our eyes forward, choosing paths and new adventures as the scenery evolves.
I’ve got a local writers’ conference coming up in late October, which I’m excited about. There’s a lot of regional activity, but no local chapter of the writers association in my state, so I’m thinking of potentially beginning one. I’m going to go meet the people involved and get a feeling for their mission and objectives before I commit myself, though.
I’ve signed up for a pitch session with an agent, and have sent the query and first five of the anthology. I am a little pessimistic about it for several reasons, not the least of which is that short stories aren’t super interesting for most agents at this point (though I’ve read encouraging posts lately about the resurgence of the short story! PS. the link is to Anne R. Allen’s blog, which is really great in general if you’re a writer). I also don’t think that the first story in the anthology is the strongest, and I assumed that “first five” meant the same as it would with a novel. It wouldn’t really be following the rules if I sent the first five from the third story, huh?
Anyway, I’m not thinking too much about writing today. I’m working at a wine festival that I’m really looking forward to. The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and it’s a great day to hang out with tons of interesting people!