Well, nuts…

January 16, 2007 at 12:47 pm (Rejections, The Final Quarter, Writing)

I got another rejection from the nice editor at Triangulation: End of Time for “Routine Maintenance.” Pete Butler has been quite helpful in his critiques, so it’s not a total loss. In this case, it’s a judgement call — “Maintenance” bears too much resemblance to Stephen King’s “Trucks,” he said, so he was going to pass. On the other hand, he held the thing for nearly two months before making up his mind, so at least I know my writing doesn’t inhale too profusely.

Just finished the first draft of “Like Father, Like Daughter,” a short horror piece for the Courting Morpheus anthology. Let’s keep our fingers and everything else crossed.

Where be ye writing today?



  1. Anita Marie said,

    Too Much like King’s Trucks…so it was rejected?

    If that’s true you could have done worse…but that’s not the point – as long as you told the story well that should be all that matters.

    As a reader that’s all I care about-

    What would Editor have done to King rejected ‘Salems Lot’ because it was too much like ” Dracula ” ? Rejected ” Independence Day ” and ” Signs ” because they were too much like ” War of the Worlds. “?

    Good thing some Editors aren’t in charge of the Human Gene Pool- I could hear it now, ” wow that last one had a brain and legs too….we better cut this *&^^% out.”

    Anita Marie

  2. Jeff Parish said,

    Well, I do have to admit that “Routine Maintenance” and “Trucks” probably have more in common than “Independence Day,” “Signs” and “War of the Worlds.” I don’t think it’s so close that it qualifies as fanfic, though. But it’s his project. I don’t begrudge the editor wanting to play it safe.

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