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Frustration!!!!!

So, I've got this story. It's gotten several very complimentary rejections. It is a hard to place length, either just over or just under the cut-off for Novelette length (about 7500 words) (there's two versions, one edited tight, one with more local color). But I'm starting to think there must be something else wrong with it.

Or maybe I just haven't found the right market.

It's urban fantasy; a ghost story with a twist.

I'm hoping for a few people willing to read the story and give me comments--or suggest a market for it.

Or should I sell single copies, electronically? Or post it as a short serial, for subscribers only? Or some other alternative method of publication?

If you are willing to comment on the story, please let me know.

I really like this story; I'd like to place it somewhere.

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jennifer_brozek
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
If you think it could fit in TEoP's genre/theme, send it to me despite the length.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
You know, it does fit the genre. It would have fit the retaliation or consequences theme better, however. It is centered around an ending and a need for new beginnings, but that's not quite the same.

Hopefully I can sell it this year, but if not, I'll look to see if it fits next year's theme better, if that's all right.
jennifer_brozek
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Next year's theme is "Legacies" - The passing of the torch in familial, blood, professional, or traditional sense.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
That's even further from the mark for this story. *sigh*
tigertoy
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
I'd be happy to read it and do my best to actually say something about it. I really doubt that I know anything about markets that you don't. My thoughts about the electronic options -- 7500 words is too short to serialize. If you have a channel already in place for selling e-copies, it would make sense to add more to it, but a single short story is not, realistically, going to justify setting up a paid e-distribution channel.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

It might be a reasonable learning story for figuring out how to do distribution by an e-channels. If I haven't found a home for it come September, and end up unemployed again, I may do that. But I haven't given up on finding the right publication for it yet.
jolantru
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Try and try again. Don't give up.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement.
jenstclair
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm more than willing to read and comment!
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 10th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
red_trillium
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
I'd love to read it but am fairly useless at constructive criticism/comment (other than: I like it!). I am willing to try if you are up for it.

I'm also not good at recommending where to send it.

But I'd consider putting something towards sponsoring it if you put it up here, either as a serial or ???
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 11th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
I added you to the filter.

http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/119217.html

Constructive critique is a skill, you get better at it over time, as you keep trying. If there's something you particularly like, or dislike, or that bugs you, you're welcome to mention it.
zellie_bean
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Complimentary rejections are a GREAT sign! Have they mentioned any particular strengths/weaknesses?

You should submit it to Chimera Critiques (: it's free and :x we haven't had any other submissions so we're got plenty of time ;)
http://chimeracritiques.com/?page_id=391 We typically limit submissions to 5,000 words or less but if you decide to send it over, just put a note that you're a friend of Zellie's and I okayed the length. We do line-by-line detail critiques plus an overall feedback section. We focus on marketability for publication based on lots of research so, for example, a regular reader may not mind a bunch of POV switches but that's something we'd point out because agents and writing books suggest sticking to as few POVs as possible.

I also wanted to ask if you'd like to write a guest blog for Chimera Critiques about crowdfunding--why you chose it, what you've found to work/not work, what your goals and expectations are, thoughts on traditional publishing (you're submitting so it looks like you're not exclusively using crowdfunding which is interesting). Let me know if you're interested (: we try to keep the blogs fairly short so they're easy reads--like about a page.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 11th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll see what results I get from this round of critiques first, I think.

And I'd like to do a guest blog. I've got several other writing projects right now, but feel free to remind me if I don't get back to you!
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