This is a post I had up on my website a few years back. It still has relevance today. I hope you get something good out of it.
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A short post today for folks who worry about their submissions being accepted. I had a dream last night that one of my MS's was not accepted for an anthology. The reason was: the premise and story both were good, but it didn't fit in with what the publisher was looking for. This was not an upsetting dream. You should be inside my head when the horrific ones come, as they do most nights.
I merely accepted the fact and saved it in my files for another project, another time. In my dream, I had the option of changing my story to get it in. What! No way! I wrote a good story and had no desire to change it. Since there was no time to submit another one, I didn't even try.
What I'm saying is that dreamworld or real world, if you write a great story and it doesn't get accepted where you thought it had a home, just find another home for it. It's still a great story. It could even become part of a single author collection of short stories you offer up to a publisher or put out on your own.
A Blazing Great Book will always be just that. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.