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Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

9 thoughts on “Rejection: Artemis

  1. I don't know if it's a good thing to post these rejections. I never do personally.

    My theory is that if an agent or editor reads your blog, they'll see you getting rejected all the time, which can't be good for perception (even though it happens to all of us).

    Rather, just post your acceptances

  2. Jordan, I don't think it would look bad to an editor if he went on your blog and saw that you were getting a lot of rejections. It means that you are prolific and have tenacity to keep trying. This is what any person would know!
    BTW, I had a rej myself today and the editor had no time to comment on any of the billion submissions they reject each day.

  3. christina,

    If all you ever post are rejections, an editor might assume that you are prolific and determined… but producing crap.

    I'd rather an editor believe that I was less prolific, but producing nothing but gems. It's a perception issue.

  4. Jordan: Bradbury had over 800 rejections before his first publication. I'm not particularly bothered by rejection. I keep writing, keep submitting, etc. Plus, not all of my stuff has been rejections. I have two honorable mentions in WOTF :P. That's good stuff to have.

    I get your point, though. I suspect that at some point I'll stop doing these when it becomes overwhelming. Right now it's manageable, but pretty soon it's going to be impossible to keep updating without flooding my blog :S.

  5. True enough about Bradbury and others. However, they didn't take out classified ads in a national paper to advertise that fact, did they? 🙂

    Honorable Mentions in WotF are certainly an accomplishment, and there's no doubt that you can write, judging by the quality of this blog. Otherwise I wouldn't bother commenting on it. 😀

    But you know that most reputations are built mainly of smoke and mirrors, right? Reality is ugly. Why broadcast it?

  6. Because people need to face the fact that even good writers get rejected (assuming I'm good, obviously). And it sets an example, I think. Some folks get all butthurt about rejections. I clearly don't. That's a good thing, I think, and if a few new writers take after me and realize that rejections are just part of the publishing game, then that's for the better.

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