First Rejection

What with starting to write flash fiction consistently, I decided recently to try selling some stories to online writing markets. As of now, I have no intention to hold back on publishing stories to this blog, so anything I send out is going to be a reprint most likely. That's going to limit the markets I can submit to a bit and since I don't have to depend on sales for eating money, is not like I'm going to be putting more effort into finding markets and submitting quickly.

That said I submitted my first piece (Dani & Jak-Jak) to a YA podcast on the 13th (yes, right before MarsCon) and got a rejection noticed on the 15th (yes, while at MarsCon).

I'm absurdly pleased about this.

I'm going to be indulging in some rejectomancy on this, but let me explain.

Thank you for sending us “Dani & Jak-Jak”. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us. Our readers felt the story was more appropriate for a middlegrade audience than the 12-17 year old target age group of XXX.
There are lots of articles out there on key differences between the two genres - here’s one we like:

If you are still searching for a podcast or magazine to publish this story, you can find a list of recommend venues on our website under Markets. And say hello for us!

Thank you again for sending us the story. We wish you the best of luck, and please consider submitting again.


So first off, my immediate reaction to seeing the email in my inbox so soon was not 'oh no they must have hated it.' It was 'wow, they're really professional to get back to people so quickly, I should make sure to submit to them in the future.' Also, 'man, why they working on the weekend??' Yes, I was pretty sure that meant the story had been rejected (I was right), but seriously, if the first thing I ever submitted anywhere got accepted... I'd check for jacks into the Matrix?

Second, that's about the nicest reason to be rejected I can think of, being for the wrong audience. But not completely the wrong audience, just slightly off on the audience. Now I'm reasonably sure this is a form rejection. But. Someone had to read the piece to realize why this one is off for them and  they've taken the time as a company to create a form that directs me to two different pieces of useful information: the difference in audiences and appropriate markets. I mean if they thought it was a bad piece they could have just sent the form rejection saying no thanks. Instead I get as much feedback as anyone could reasonably hope for from a rejection. That's really nice to get.

So, as expected, a swing and a miss on the first time submitting for publication but with feedback I find encouraging. Neat.