Writing and submitting can be confusing and disappointing when you believe you've written the perfect piece for a particular publication, and the editor rejects it. Almost immediately. Sometimes it's not about how swift you are and how clever your writing. It could be that someone else beat you to the punch. Or maybe your piece didn't suit editorial needs, wasn't the right tone or fit.
I've been trying to break into a new essay market which has a call out for personal essays on motherhood. I've submitted from three different perspectives: a mother's, a teacher's and a grandmother's. I was certain one of them would be a good fit, but so far I have received three rejections. "Not a good fit."
As an editor, author, and creator of an anthology, I know editors cannot respond to all inquiries.
I wrote and asked if they were seeking snarky or serious. I received a form letter rejection, not an answer.
Will that stop me? of course not.
I now have three new essays which I can submit elsewhere.
Just like the chubby chipmunk who stores food, it's good for writers to have a reserve supply.
Do you have a folder filled with rejected material? Have you looked at it lately? Why not select something, revise it and send it out this week?
If it pertains to mothering, you might try Motherwell. I wish you success.
My story about my mom and me is online for your reading pleasure. Please leave a comment. Thank you and enjoy.