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 on: September 25, 2014, 05:19:15 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
It's great to have a positive outlook, Delicia!

 on: September 24, 2014, 08:32:03 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Delicia
Writing never cease. Just as life goes on. Just as we're reading other successful writers' work, the next generation will be reading our succcess! So accept rejection and keep writing.

 on: September 24, 2014, 08:15:10 PM 
Started by ColoradoKate - Last post by Delicia
Those who wish to write..always produce a best-selling story. Delicia

 on: September 24, 2014, 07:36:46 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by Delicia
Burning out becomes part of our everyday lives, especially if your'e doing more tasks for others, putting yourself on the back-burner. That was my issue. When it's your time to do your life..your'e almost burned-out! "Keep pushing towards your writing dream, no matter how rejected and make it happen!" is what i say.Huh??

 on: September 24, 2014, 07:24:29 PM 
Started by RMHSmith - Last post by Delicia
Patience really has its rewards....

 on: September 24, 2014, 07:09:51 PM 
Started by RMHSmith - Last post by ColoradoKate
I'm glad about the happy resolution!  Grin

 on: September 24, 2014, 04:59:58 PM 
Started by RMHSmith - Last post by RMHSmith
Well, I've learned a hard lesson not to get discouraged too quickly without giving my editor a chance to reply. She replied quickly and confirmed that my piece has actually been published, but it will be in the digital edition of the magazine, not the print edition. Whew!

I didn't realize there were two different editions. (I thought the digital edition was the same as what is in the print edition. Instead, it may be similar, but the digital edition includes a bonus section, and that's what my piece will be in.)

I'm sure my e-mail to the editor screamed "Amateur!" but she knows I'm a first time published children's author, and I'm sure she sees it all the time.  Smiley

She actually apologized, though, for not clarifying that before. It does say so in the Contributor's Agreement, but it was in such fine print that it didn't register with me.

Jan and others, are there any ICL materials about how to dissect contracts and agreements? I think I need a review! My brother is an attorney and can help me understand them, but I feel silly having to get his help on such a brief document.


 on: September 24, 2014, 04:54:42 PM 
Started by RMHSmith - Last post by ColoradoKate
No insights, but how odd! And I'm sorry. I hope the editor responds soon.  Undecided

 on: September 24, 2014, 03:53:51 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by RMHSmith
Great topic, Katie--I can absolutely understand that some experience burn out. There are times I wish I could feel burn out and turn my back on writing, though. But I can't escape it because it's my one true passion--if I say I've had enough of it, before I even realize it, I'm back at my desk typing away.

There is a lot of pain and heartbreak in this field--I experienced some today, when I received in the mail an issue of a magazine in which my piece was supposed to be presented (I got the acceptance and signed the contributor's agreement and all), and the piece ended up not being in it (and the editor didn't communicate with me why). It felt like a slap in the face, as if they were saying sorry your piece wasn't published, but here are two copies, so you can covet others' accomplishment while you study our magazine a bit further! (That last bit is what I get tired of reading from publishers, since I've studied about every known children's magazine and spent countless dollars ordering issues to do that.)

Days like this, it's easy to think about other jobs that could support me and my family better. But then I remember that, 1) First and foremost, I don't write for the money, but because I just love writing (though becoming a best-seller is my ultimate dream), and 2) Every other field I've tried to enter has been disappointing and made me miserable. So, I may as well spend my time doing what I love, even if I die a rejected, poor, starving writer.   Smiley

Like everyone, though, I need a break here and there. But I think most every job is that way. Everyone needs some down time to renew their mind and spirit.


 on: September 24, 2014, 03:37:13 PM 
Started by RMHSmith - Last post by RMHSmith
Hi everyone,

What a surprise it was to see the month's topic as discouragement, since that is exactly why I entered the Writer's Retreat today!

I am both perplexed and disappointed right now...

So, I signed a contributor's agreement several months ago for a piece of mine scheduled to be published in a leading children's magazine this October.

Today, I received two copies of the issue in the mail. My heart leaped for joy!

But my piece wasn't listed in the contents. I reassured myself that perhaps the content list was only features (my piece was supplemental nonfiction).

I thumbed through haphazardly. Didn't find it. Flipped through again, carefully scanning each page. Not there. I had my husband check for me, thinking I was going crazy.

...But the piece wasn't in there. It felt like a big slap in the face to get the free issues without my piece being present inside.

There was no letter from the publisher clarifying why the piece ended up not being in the issue, and they haven't communicated with me otherwise.

I pulled myself together, and thought perhaps they are using my piece, but just not in the printed issue. Maybe they'll use it on their website (?).

I sent a kind e-mail to the editor, candidly stating I was excited to receive the issue, but a bit perplexed. But she's been known not to respond before.

Has anyone else ever experienced this? I've had my share of rejections from the start, but this is the first I've had an acceptance, signed a contributor's agreement, and the piece ended up not being used.

It's just very disappointing, especially since I've been waiting on this most of the calendar year, and this was going to be my first children's lit in print.

Any insights?


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