Jun
25
2015

What Will My Number Be?

bya Gabrielle at 12:51 PM

Currently, I am up to 49 beautiful rejections for the three stories I’ve been trying to find homes for.

16 for Jenny of Lebanon, 30 for Jenny Kissed Me, and three for Honk for Ferry.

Will I get 100 rejections? 200? Could 50 be my lucky number?

Only time will tell, I suppose, but I wish I knew.  Someone, somewhere will eventually publish me, right? Someone other than me?

I’ve spent some time editing both JoL and JKM lately, trying to make them better, but I’m reaching that point, hell, I passed that point years ago, where the story is just as good as it’s gonna get.  Time to move on and write other stories. I’ve used the little criticism I got for JKM and changed her up considerably.  I’m hoping when I submit her again, she will be better received. After 30 rejections, though, are there any legitimate places left to send her?  I suppose I’ll figure that out, too, just as soon as I start looking for some new places.

My number is out there waiting for me. And the only way to get to it is to keep submitting and trying. Even if it means more depressing as shit rejection letters.

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Jun
24
2015

Rejection Letter # 49

bya Gabrielle at 8:31 PM

Well, that didn’t take long at all.

I manually sent my manuscript to The Paris Review on June 5th, and this past Saturday, June 20th, I received my teeny tiny rejection form.  I thought they would take around five months to get back to me, which is what they say on their website.  I’m glad I don’t have to wait, but a rejection that fast sorta stings! I honestly don’t think they even read the first page. They probably opened up my folder, grabbed my SASE, slipped in their standard rejection form, licked it,  sealed  it and threw it in their outgoing mail stack.  So, the most personal thing I got from them is their spit. Joy.

51 more to go until I get to eat 100 cupcakes!

Rejection Letter # 49 – The Paris Review

The Paris Review

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Jun
05
2015

Back into the Fray

bya Gabrielle at 9:06 PM

After sitting and twiddling my thumbs for quite some time, I’ve decided to edit and resubmit “Jenny of Lebanon” to a few more publishers.  Three to be exact.  If they all say no, I know of only four other places that I can send her to, unless I cut her in half or write an additional 20,000+ words – neither of which I have any intentions of doing. Once, I’ve exhausted those options, I’m going self publish and be done with her.  So, one way or another she’ll be available for you to read sometime in the near future. My greatest hope is that I get to do both.

Since I last posted, I withdrew “Jenny Kissed Me” from three magazines.  They were all defunct. The way I see it, that’s three rejection letters I can’t get. :) Woo hoo!

I had to query one place for “Jenny of Lebanon” because it’s been over a year and they still appear to be functioning.  Not sure what’s going on.  I’ll give them a few weeks to respond and then I’ll withdraw her from them, too.

I’ll keep y’all (hahaha, who’s still reading this ridiculous blog?) abreast!  I hope I can become more active here in some way or another, too!

 

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Jul
21
2014

Rejection Letter # 48

bya Gabrielle at 11:20 AM

You know when you’re really upset and someone tells you to calm down and you just get even more stark craving mad?  Well, when you’re at your 48th rejection in your quest for publication and someone tells you not to be disheartened, you kinda can’t help yourself.  So, yeah, I’m pretty freaking disheartened.  Especially since the people who rejected me have a 16% acceptance rating.

Getting closer and closer to my 100 cupcakes.

Rejection Letter # 48 – Tincture Journal

Dear Gabrielle,

Thanks very much for sending us this piece, but unfortunately we have decided not to include it in the next issue of Tincture Journal.

It has been the most difficult selection process we’ve ever had, so please don’t be disheartened. As always we would love to see more of your work in future.

Kind regards,
Daniel.

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Jun
30
2014

5 Free Audiobook Copies of “Electric Blues” by Shaun McCoy Available

bya Gabrielle at 11:32 PM

So you may or may not be aware that I’ve recorded a few audiobooks. One of them being “Electric Blues” by Shaun McCoy, a wonderful story about a depressed, obsolete robot named Arty.

Here’s a synopsis if you aren’t familiar with it:

Meet Arty PA3025. He’s a robot, and he’s depressed. Unemployed and horribly obsolete, his future looks bleak – and that’s just what he tells his programmer-cum-therapist, Knickers. But then he meets Madeline, an ornery senior with a pair of arthritic cats and a fear of modern electronic accoutrements. They team up, an outdated robot and a senile old woman, to begin together a quest for relevance in an all too cold and uncaring world.

Well, I have 5 promotional copies I would like to give away.  If you are interested in listening to it, all you have to do is leave a comment and your email or if you’d rather, you can send me an email at gabrielleolexa at gmail dot com with your info, and I’ll send you a gift copy via Audible.  The only thing I ask for in return is an honest review.

You can click here and listen to a snippet.

“Binary Jazz” is a sequel and is available in both paperback and on the Kindle.

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Jun
25
2014

Rejection Letter # 47

bya Gabrielle at 9:15 PM

I think the only thing I’m  ever going to be is a mom.

Rejection Letter # 47 – Red Bridge Press: Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks

Dear Gabrielle Olexa,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read “Jenny of Lebanon.” After careful consideration, we decided the work was not a good fit for Rivet.

We wish you all the best with your writing.

Sincerely,
The Rivet Editors

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Jun
19
2014

Rejection Letter # 46

bya Gabrielle at 8:55 PM

When I get to 100, I’m going to write out “100″ in cupcakes and then eat them all.  It won’t be long.

Rejection Letter # 46 – A Public Space – Emerging Writer Fellowships

Dear Gabrielle Olexa,

Thank you for your application to the APS Emerging Writer Fellowships. We received approximately 1,200 applications and appreciate your patience while we read all of the work that was submitted to us.

We were grateful for the chance to read your letter and your piece, but unfortunately your application has not been successful. We’re sorry to disappoint you, and wish you luck in placing your work elsewhere and pursuing other opportunities for emerging writers.

Applications for the 2015 APS Emerging Writer fellowships (to run from March 1, 2015 to September 1, 2015) will open on September 15, 2014 and you are welcome to apply again.

You can keep up to date with A Public Space by subscribing to the magazine, visiting www.apublicspace.org, or following us on Twitter (@APublicSpace) or Facebook.

Yours,
A Public Space

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Jun
02
2014

Rejection Letter # 45

bya Gabrielle at 10:43 PM

Five away from fifty.  At least they were quick about responding.  I really, really wish I could get some constructive criticism about “Jenny of Lebanon”.  I have no idea what they don’t like to make it better.  Grr.

Rejection Letter # 45 – The Collagist

Dear Gabrielle,
Thank you for the opportunity to read “Jenny of Lebanon.” Unfortunately, we are unable to use the fiction you submitted. We wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,
Gabriel Blackwell
Editor

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Jun
02
2014

Rejection Letter # 44

bya Gabrielle at 10:40 PM

This came a few days ago.   This makes rejection number two for “Honk for Ferry”.  The feedback I got was okay, but  it didn’t really provide me with many ways to make it better.  Not sure what to do with it at this point.

Rejection Letter # 44 – Crowded Magazine

Dear Gabrielle

Sorry, but we’ve decided not to accept Honk for Ferry for publication.

The crowd’s overall rating of your story and their comments (if requested) may be seen by clicking the following link: (I removed it.)

Thanks for your interest in Crowded.

Ethan Fode
Editor

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Apr
23
2014

Rejection Letter # 43

bya Gabrielle at 5:36 PM

I think I’ve said everything there is to say about being rejected at this point, so I’ll just leave you with the response I got.

Rejection Letter # 43 – A Public Space

Dear Gabrielle Olexa,

Thank you for your patience while we considered your submission. We appreciated the chance to read “Jenny of Lebanon,” but unfortunately this piece was not right for A Public Space. We wish you the best of luck placing this work elsewhere and are sorry to disappoint you on this occasion.

If you’re not already a reader of A Public Space, you can keep up to date with us by visiting your local bookstore to find our latest issue, visiting us online at www.apublicspace.org, finding us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter @APublicSpace.

Thank you for thinking of A Public Space for your work.

With very best wishes,
A Public Space

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