I note that some writer friends post news about the progress of their short story submissions in public domain places such as Facebook, MySpace and in their open blogs. Now, it might seem silly but I am wary of telling the world that a favourite story has just been rejected. For example a favourite of mine is Janet and John Deconstruct the Cassini Ring. A fun science fiction piece written in the style of a Janet and John primary reader. It’ll either tickle or provoke sputum. It is being judged at the Fylde Brighter Writers competition, the results to be announced at the end of April. Wish me luck! Statistics are against it winning but hey ho you have to try. If it doesn’t get placed should I announce that too? Other writers do. However, if a magazine or anthology editor winds up his web search engine he’d find those stories that failed x number of submissions. Seems to me that making public one’s failures is asking for more. I do get the need for writers to be open, gather support in virtual group drowning of sorrows, but I’m dubious.
Checking the blog statistics there are more hits from the one page on my climbing Tryfan than for any writing page. Maybe some climbers will be tempted to buy Exit, Pursued by a Bee – sales are in decline even though there must be millions of Science fiction fans who have yet to be scintillated by it. Come on readers head for http://geoffnelder.com/exitbee.htm