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I Hit That Submit Button!

Earlier I posted that I was going to get brave and attempt a “Call for Submissions.” Well, at first my internet was acting wonky and would not let me open the page to submit. I got nervous, thinking this is surely a sign that I shouldn’t waste my time.

After a little thought I decided that I wasn’t going to let it get the best of me, so I shut down my modem and laptop and rebooted them both. Well, this time that darn page opened and I was able to start filling out little boxes. Then the short story didn’t seem to want to attach so I had to fight with it. How’s that for determination?

Anyway, there I was, staring at that “Submit” button. Dare I? (Gulp) I closed my eyes and clicked. “Congratulations, your piece has been submitted.” Whew! Well, it’s done and there is no turning back now. Actually, I did see the story as “Submitted” and there was a little button that also said “Withdraw.”

Now why would I want to withdraw it after I finally mustered up the courage to submit it? Anyway, it’s sitting in cyberspace somewhere waiting for someone to tell me that they either like it, or it stinks. Surely, they wouldn’t say it stinks, would they? I would feel so bad for my poor characters.

Now I guess I play the waiting game. Do you think it’s too soon to check for an email?

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Feisty56 wrote on November 14, 2014, 5:31 PM

Awesome...whatever happens now, you are already a champion in my eyes. When is the date for judging the submissions?

BeckyBrooks wrote on November 14, 2014, 7:02 PM

what submissions? I am confused

tinamarie wrote on November 14, 2014, 8:03 PM

Wahoo... yay..... no hiding now!

AngelSharum wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:35 PM

Good luck! I hope you hear the good news of acceptance soon.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:44 PM

They never actually said when I would hear anything. They are looking for 10 good ones to launch a new site and then print some of them from what I understood.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:46 PM

LOL, Becky, sorry, it makes more sense if you read my previous post. In a nut shell, I submitted a short work of fiction to a publisher for a new Literary site that is being launched.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:47 PM

Me too Angel, but you know how nerve racking the waiting can be! At least I accomplished the first step of actually submitting, LOL.

LoudMan wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:48 PM

Nah. Check that email every 5 seconds, 'round-the-clock, like the rest of us. Just like the rest of us. :) Good luck.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:49 PM

LOL, my son even told me, "It's about time you do more than write them and close the file!"

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 14, 2014, 9:51 PM

HaHa LoudMan. Believe it or not, I haven't checked it once since I submitted the story. I even surprised myself!

Madcanman wrote on November 15, 2014, 6:29 AM

Though I've only submitted something once or twice I tried to just forget about my submission instead of driving myself crazy checking my email constantly. Was I disappointed on learning my submission wasn't selected? Most certainly. But I will try and try again. Actually, I've put that on a back burner, but after reading this I'm going to dust off a story or two, re-write them, and take another stab at it. Thanks for the push!

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:54 AM

Glad I inspired you to dust off a story or two and send them in. I have also let it sit on the back burner and there is no reason for it, lol. I figure if it gets rejected, I'll self publish on Amazon or something. Let's keep plugging along at it!

Ellis wrote on November 15, 2014, 3:50 PM

If you don't try you will never know....I could have papered my house with rejection slips but undeterred I persevered and guess what? That's right...another bloody rejection slip! lol
Good luck with your submission...

LoudMan wrote on November 15, 2014, 9:56 PM

I envy your strength. Me? I'd have lived in my inbox until the acceptance came in.

AliCanary wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:00 PM

I think the best thing to do would be to try to put it out of your mind and start working on another story. If you manage to forget, then it will be a nice surprise when you get a response!