Friday, April 30, 2010

Beat to a Pulp says no

Well, Beat to a Pulp said "Thanks, but no thanks" to my story Getting Even. It was by far the most encouraging rejection I have received so far. Here's what the editor said.

I really appreciate you submitting to BTAP and I certainly hope you do again. GETTING EVEN contains terrific writing and an interesting world that you have created. Unfortunately, the ending just didn't do it for me. I don't usually get this specific in rejection letters but I wanted you to know I liked many elements of this tale. Once again, please feel free to submit to BTAP (especially sci-fi) again in the future.

So, he really liked the writing. That was great to hear. Makes me think that I can do this. There is still work to do. I know I struggle with endings. It was something I was aware of before getting this rejection. This reinforces the point.

It was also nice to hear that the world was interesting. This takes place in a world that is fully formed in my head, but I don't know that I am doing it justice when I put it on paper. Looks like i may be on the right track.

Overall this is the second, and maybe third, personal rejection I have received. It's something that I was under the impression was rare. Maybe it is and I am just getting lucky. Doesn't matter, I'll take it. The personal feedback is making me better.


  1. Well at least they gave you some additional feedback. Keep up the good work.

  2. That was some great feedback Jarrett, and hats off to you for posting it. I did a similar thing a few months back when I received feedback for a competition entry. Take it as constructive, as that is how it is intended and carry on. Practice makes perfect as they say. Write, write, write...and then write some more. ;-) Have a great weekend.

  3. Jarrett - take note, and use the feedback to your advantage!

    The main 'plus' is that they are willing to receive more of your submissions - so I'd look on that as an encouraging sign and get writing again!

  4. Jarret, David turned down my 1st Beat To A pulp submission last year. He gave me some positive and useful feedback too. Then I wrote The Tut and it seems to have turned out well.

  5. Thanks, Paul. Nice to know I am in good company. He isn't the first person to say that and ending didn't work for him. Guess it's something I need to work on, even though I liked this ending. Maybe it just needs a tweak.