While I’m not yet on track to hit 100 rejections in 2017, I do have exponentially more submissions out than I did last year at this time.
What my submissions spreadsheet looks like:
- Rejections so far: 3
- Acceptances: 0
- Total submissions: 21
- Total submissions last year at this time: 0
I currently have three separate groups of poems out to journals/contests; each packet has between three and five poems. I guess you could call this cheating as far as the 100 rejections project goes, but I figured it’s more important to get things circulating than to have each packet be the maximum possible size.
As I send poems out, I’ve been putting them on a master list called “finished.” (Let’s accept on faith for the moment that anything is ever finished.) I added a column for category or theme… which is cool.. now I can see, for example, that I have more Greek myth poems than I thought I did. I have no idea if this means I’ll ever have a themed manuscript. I generally feel that I write too catholically to ever produce such a thing, despite how popular they are right now. But as far as the next iteration of the/a book, well, it’s not exactly “in progress”… but I’ll call it “closer to existing” than it was a few months ago.
What my “finished poems” tab looks like:
What I look at when I start to lose energy:
In other news, a poet friend made this book cover art out of my recent hand x-ray. In honor of International Women’s Day: