I learned yesterday that Eric Heideman at Tales of the Unanticipated has accepted my story “Ashes, Ashes” for issue #30, due out next year.
This one sets a new record for me: it was accepted on its 24th submission (counting a rewrite request from Eric).
Rules 4 and 5, my friends. Rules 4 and 5.
Now, I haven’t done this with every story of mine. Some I’ve trunked after making the rounds. But this one had garnered many encouraging rejections along the way, and I still believed in the piece.
And it doesn’t hurt that I’m bone stubborn, I suppose.
I am pleased.