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Life After Clarion Rejection

March 20, 2010

The world didn’t stop turning; the seas did not boil; the chicken in my freezer didn’t even thaw.  Life goes on, both the real life and the writer life.

I got some well-timed good news from Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.  They are holding “Secondhand Rush” for potential publication.  For those not familiar with ASIM’s process, stories go through two rounds of approval before entering the holding pool.  I’ve had stories rejected in both rounds 1 and 2; this marks my first trip to the story pool.  This means they like my story well enough to publish it.  It does NOT mean they will buy it.

They say only 1 in 3 held stories will make it into print.  Editorship is passed around issue to issue among their editorial staff and one of them just has to pick my story and put it in the mag.  Stories are held for three months.  If no one picks my story in that time, it will be released back to me to submit elsewhere.  This story was my WotF Q3 story and earned an Honorable Mention.

ASIM is an Australian semi-pro magazine, but a well respected one with reasonable but not professional rates.  This story will pull in about $50 if it sells, adjusted for exchange rates.  Nowhere near what I’d pull down from a pro market and lightyears from the WotF prize money, but a lot better than the $1-5 I’ve pulled in for other stories.  And it would be the second biggest feather in my cap to date (after WotF, obviously).

In other topics, I need to figure out what to do with my summer now that it isn’t devoured by a workshop.  I may try to get into a one-week workshop (like OSC’s Boot Camp), but more likely I’ll save the money and write on my own.  I am looking into cons, as I said I would.  The most promising seems to be ConCarolinas in Charlotte.  I have a friend there I might even crash with to save on hotel money (maybe one night and crash at the hotel the other).  He might even go with me.  It’s the DeepSouthCon this year (roughly the equivalent of being the Monday Night Football game with increased hype and attention) and I think that has/will improve the guest list.  Jerry Pournelle is the guest of honor.  That alone is worth the trip.  I may get to meet him at WotF in August, too.

I think I’ll send an email to ConCarolinas expressing interest in being on a panel.  As a WotF winner, I should have the pedigree to slip into one.  It would be cool but intimidating.  It’ll be a large-ish con (not like DragonCon, which I intend to go to every year and have never made it), so I may or may not warrant a seat.  We’ll see.

I’ve never actually been to a con.  It will be an experience, to say the least.  I’m eager to give it a try.  It’s my consolation prize for not making Clarion.  It’s also something I should be doing as a writer.  There are contacts and friends to be made.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has offered me encouragement after the big Clarion West rejection.  I assure you all, I will continue writing and I’m trying hard not to let it get me down.  I’m just going to have to work other angles to get in the door.  I may try Clarion again, I may not.  I sure don’t expect it to be as big a deal as it was this year; I hope to get my career going on my own before it comes round again.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2010 4:09 pm

    You could look into the Dean Wesley Smith workshops too, they are good stuff.

    Grats on the ASIM. They just tossed one of my stories out of r2. Oh well. I’ve never made it to the 3rd round there. I hope an editor picks your story up 🙂

    • osomuerte permalink
      March 20, 2010 4:25 pm

      It’s my first trip into round 3. I figured if I just keep sending stuff, one would break through eventually. So far, so good. And yeah, I hope an editor picks up my story, too. 😀

  2. osomuerte permalink
    March 20, 2010 4:38 pm

    I just found out my friend lives very near the convention site. Perfect!

  3. March 20, 2010 6:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that you won’t be at Clarion West this summer. Congratulations on the ASIM hold, keeping fingers crossed for you. Have you applied to Oddysey? What about OSC’s Bootcamp? I’ve heard good things about it.

    • osomuerte permalink
      March 20, 2010 6:11 pm

      No Odyssey for me; if I’m giving up the six weeks, the Clarion name has to come with it. Snobby, I know, but I have to draw the line somewhere. As for OSC’s Boot Camp, I applied right at last year’s deadline and didn’t make it. I haven’t decided if I’ll try again this year. With only one page to decide admission, it seems like a crap shoot. We’ll see.

      Thanks for the well-wishes.

  4. March 20, 2010 7:20 pm

    I admire how you get right back on the horse, and I’m glad you shared it. Your brief silence was worrisome. Thanks. Really. You’ve propped up my flagging self-esteem more times than you know.

    The ASIM situation just goes to show just how subjective part of selection process has to be; a large portion of the “chance” involved rides on the people who are reading our work. We know our stories are quality.

    I am truly sorry you won’t be at Clarion West this summer; I was looking forward to meeting you in the flesh! There could have been hugging, even.

    Virtual hug, then.

  5. osomuerte permalink
    March 20, 2010 7:40 pm

    Ha ha. I knew it! I’m so proud of you. Virtual hug right back. I am sad I won’t be there with you, though.

    I haven’t done any new writing in about a week. Editing, but not writing. I’m still selecting the most promising novel-in-progress.I may end up tinkering on an abandoned short while I decide, but that feels like procrastinating as much as actual procrastinating does. So we’ll see.

    But yes, I’m back on the horse. You’re the one going to the rodeo. 😉

  6. March 23, 2010 5:58 pm

    Good luck on whatever you do and thanks for popping into my blog earlier. I haven’t heard anything from Clarion even though the forum says everyone has been notified. Oh well. Life goes on. I’m going to the Con in Atlanta in May and it will be my first one as well. Con virgins should wear alien rotating eyes or something that says Whoo! Hoo! Have fun this summer. Cheers.

  7. March 23, 2010 6:00 pm

    Oooops! My writer’s blog is

    Oh. dear.

  8. April 1, 2010 11:43 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions regarding other workshops! I didn’t even noticed that someone else had noticed (I’m not used to visitors to my blog) and commented on my despair about Clarion. I was looking forward to meeting GRRM and the other great writers on the docket for this year, but it wasn’t meant to be I suppose.

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