I’m pretty happy with my latest effort. I sent it off when I first wrote it, happy as I was with the story, the characters, the language and the theme.
It was rejected, and rightly so.
Since then I’ve done successive rewrites and it’s at a stage where it’s actually really working as a story now; the plot makes sense and the issues of clarity have been resolved, the language has been tightened and the character’s plight deepened. I’ve changed the title too.
I am not 100% sure yet that it’s the story it is meant to be, but it has had significant feedback from my lecturer, and after my first rewrite, my fellow students as well, and I’ve used their help (and encouragement) to see what the story needed to be stronger. And also to recognise that I was right to believe in it.
So. For the moment it’s good enough to send out again, and I have.
I’ve resubmitted it to the original place I submitted it to, Glimmer Train Press, and simultaneously submitted it to a new Australian publisher, The Canary Press, which is a fitting name really, considering my protagonist is slaving down a mine in days long ago… (Although it could also be taken to mean that there’s a lot of flat little birds hanging around somewhere…)
It’s incredibly satisfying to click the submit button though, isn’t it?