Another object lesson in persistence

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.

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16 Responses to Another object lesson in persistence

  1. Congrats on the sale. My most-circulated story is currently at market #16. I keep sending it out because it’s a story I still believe in.

  2. vylar_kaftan says:

    Good for you! You know which pieces deserve to stay in circulation. 🙂

  3. jsridler says:

    Good stuff, Matt. Stubborn can be a virtue!

    JSR

  4. You sir, are an inspiration to us.

  5. hildebabble says:

    Way to go! I echo other people’s sentiments of being inspired by this.

    Savor the victory.

  6. Nice one!

    I can top 24, though. A few years ago, I sold a story to a prestigious market on its 30th outing. Yes, you read that right. The editor loved the story and it received an Honorable Mention in Best New Fantasy/Horror (Datlow et al).

    While there are worthwhile markets left to try, don’t give up on a story (or novel) that you believe in. There will always be new markets and new editors.

    That said, I don’t agree with Rule 3. My story went through a lot of revisions over the years.

    V.

    • admin says:

      While there are worthwhile markets left to try, don’t give up on a story (or novel) that you believe in. There will always be new markets and new editors.

      Amen and hell, yeah.

      I don’t buy Rule 3, either.

  7. amysisson says:

    Nice sale! I haven’t cracked that market but it’s one of my favorites to submit to (uh, to which to submit!).

    Congrats!

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