I had reasonably high hopes for this one, as Linda Lewis, whose stories appear regularly in TAB (sometimes under her pen name ‘Catherine Howard’) and who has a short story column in Writers Forum, had kindly given me some valuable (free!) feedback on the story. She’d said I was ‘very close’ – even before I followed her suggestions for improving the story. But I still got a ‘no thank you’.
It’s very hard to keep on trying when you a) don’t know what you did wrong and b) don’t know how close you were! And I know I’m going against my own advice here (ie: don’t take it personally and keep trying!) but I really think I could be spending my time on better things – ie: sending my stories to magazines that do (sometimes) accept them and/or finding other markets.
Hmmh! There, I feel a bit better after that moan!
Anyone out there think they know the ‘key’ to Take A Break success? (and if so, would you like to share it?!)