Guest Blog: Why We Pound on the Publishing Door

The following is a guest blog from author Amie Gibbons.

amiegibbonsWhy do fiction magazines reject so many of the stories they receive? Same answer as the one promised in the title and I’m going to answer up front. It’s because we’re all still children on the playground, clamoring for approval.

You want the longer answer? Keep reading 🙂

Three years ago, I was submitting short stories to magazines, waiting for one to bite, even as I started to plan the beginnings of going indie.

I got rejection after rejection. It’s the name of the game. We write, edit, submit, and get rejected. The magazines take maybe 1% of what they receive, usually less. I liken it to getting struck by lightning. Why do they do this? Are they just jerks who enjoy leaving people out? Continue reading