Writing Can Be Murder

December 29, 2006

How many?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:38 am

I was reading in my 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market (the one I bought after the 2004 version fell out of my bookcase last week and bonked me on the head for no apparent reason other than it HAD to be a sign from above) about Bret Lott.  In the article it says he was rejected 597 times. He aso published more than 60 stories and essays and he’s written 11 books.

So….I was thinking that one of my goals for this year will be to collect rejections (yes, yes collecting acceptances is also on the list) but I’m unsure of how many to shoot for. One a week? One a month?

These will of course include my flash fiction pieces, my short stories, my award-winning but not money-making screenplays, my nonfiction pieces and of course my books.

 Any suggestions? Help me pick a number!



  1. Hmm, 597 has got to be tough to beat. The hard part of collecting rejections is making all the submissions you need to make to get that kind of feedback. I’d say, shoot for 99.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — December 29, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  2. That number works for me!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — January 2, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

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