Wednesday, March 4, 2015


So, I've heard back from the good folks who are assembling the Swords vs. Cthulhu anthology, and my story will not be in it. This is, of course, a tragedy of truly apocalyptic proportions, at least for tonight. I rather imagine I'll have recovered by tomorrow. (I plan to spend the evening sipping on a bit of cinnamon tea with rum whilst shooting things on the Playstation. It's amazingly therapeutic.)

I don't think there was anything wrong with the story per se. The response I received was brief and generic, but I suspect that the issue was just as they said: it wasn't quite what they were looking for. Also, given that they were taking open submissions, I suspect my little story was valiantly battling against a lot of very excellent other entries. So... maybe next time, and meanwhile I have rather nice (if bloody) little short story to either submit elsewhere or build from.

(In fact, I'm wondering if it might become the nucleus of a collection of short stories set in that world, rather than the novel I'd planned to write. This isn't precisely egotism; it's also trust in my proofreaders and their willingness to be honest with me.)


  1. I'm sorry Michael, rejection sucks. :(

  2. It does, but it's also an inevitable part of trying to get published.

  3. It sure is, Michael, but that doesn't make it suck any less.

    Good luck with your next round of submissions.

  4. I'm sorry your story didn't make it. Seems you have a great attitude about it, though. So there is that. Next time...


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