No, unto isn't a typo...I went with the original Shakespearean verse...
I just shipped off "The Demon Hustle" to The Book of Tentacles. Tendrils crossed.
Two new rejections for The Last Days of the Springdale Saints...rejected queries, I should say. The second one, although a form letter, struck at the very heart of my concern as a new writer. I've seen these lines before:
"the only way we can make a living is by selling books to the large and medium-sized New York publishers, and selling books by new writers to big publishers is becoming more difficult"
So what is one to do, if he/she happens to be a new writer? I'm playing the short story game (and generally enjoying the heck out of it). Do I keep slugging away until all of the joy is scraped from the bone? I want to enjoy writing--like I did when plugging away at "The Demon Hustle" or "Fresh Produce" (a 1,500 word piece I wrote in one day last weekend...that never seems to happen anymore).
I still have queries in the ether...plenty for short pieces, and a few for the novel, but I don't see the economy turning around enough that those "large and medium-sized New York publishers" are going to feel like taking risks. What about the small publisher route...is it safe? Any ideas?
Oh well...once more into the breach!