Katherine Mankiller


Upon Reflection…
September 22, 2005, 9:40 am
Filed under: selling fiction

I’ve decided that you give up on a story when it’s about Jebi Knight Mary Sue, leading the oppressed rebel army of big business against the forces of evil market restrictions, led by the terrifying Darth Nader.
Short of that, you give up on a story when you run out of markets.
I think we all eye our own work with a hypercritical eye. And this story is at its 15th market. Of all the personalized rejections it’s received, some I agree with and some I don’t, but I’m not sure what to do about that. I suppose I could rewrite every time I get a personal rejection, but then I’d never have time to write something new.
Ah well. I’ve already sent it out again, because stories should not be allowed to sit around with their feet up, eating peanuts, drinking beer, and watching the game. They must be forced to work for a living.

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