Having allowed my total number of submissions out on the market to dwindle down to three, I decided today to stick with Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s advice that you have to keep a story out on the market. Regardless of what you may think of it. Until it sells, anyway. Or you die. Whichever comes first. (smirk)
I’ve actually got a good many more than three stories. Most of them date back years, and I don’t dare send any of them out until they’ve basically been re-done from scratch; something I might be inclined to do, having attended the Kris ‘n Dean Show, and gotten some of the best advice — much of it eye-opening in nature — I’ve ever gotten, as an aspirant.
Key item to remember? No such thing as re-writing a story into shape. If it fails with readers and editors, and you want to fix it, then don’t re-write the broken corpse of the story. Salvage whatever core idea(s) you can, that are valuable, including characters and motivations, and write an entirely new story.
I’ll have to see how easy it is to do this with some of the older stuff. I do have some trunk stories I really like, but which are so badly written I don’t dare release them back into the world until they’ve had some help.
Meanwhile, some of the newer stuff had been sitting too long, gathering dust. I opened the cage and beat ’em out into the air with a broom. Go, my lovelies. Go.
Total subs now out? Eight.
A step in the right direction.