Surviving Rejections: Keep Doing Stuff!

You know when you see that e-mail in your inbox from your agent or from that agent that was at the top of your “To Query” list? You know how your heart sinks when you see that word “unfortunately” or you read “it’s just not right for my list”….or it hasn’t been plainly stated, but you can read between the lines that your work hasn’t been chosen because the publishing world is just. So. Subjective? It’s out of our hands, people. So, what is the best way to get over rejection? Simple. Write, write, and write again. While we are in two different stages of our writing careers (querying versus submission), we both still feel the sting of rejection. We could wallow in said sting and tweet, post, or Instagram about every terrible thing that happens…instead we continue to write. This says it best:

Taken from: Writeathome.com

Taken from: Writeathome.com

So, what are we working on? We are revising a novel that we co-wrote…and there is a post that is coming on that. A post about what, you ask? You guessed it! A post all about our process of co-authoring a project.  Also, we continue to read (which is research for us writers, you guys know that!), we’re brainstorming new projects, and we’re revising old novels. Also, we’re working on new business endeavors with our Black Fox Literary Magazine partner, Racquel Henry, and we are trying to make connections by attending as many publishing events as possible. The point is, nothing comes from sitting around and “basking” in the self-pity of rejection. Yup, we thought we should share that. This has been a public service announcement.

So, what do you do to get over the dissapointment of rejection after rejection?

Black Fox Update: What Ya Waiting For?

Writing/Reading Song of the Day: “Watcha Waiting For” by Gwen Stefani

Shameless self promotion time, peeps!

We, along with our sis Racquel, are gearing up for the second issue of our literary magazine, Black Fox. If you want to OWN and hold in your precious hands the debut issue go here (please, go there!)
As well as moving forward and putting out a new issue, we have just debuted a brand spanking new website. Click here to check out the new look of Black Fox 😀

Besides promoting our first issue and pimping our new look, we also wanted to make sure that all of you know what we’re looking for and what kinds of services/contests we’re offering.

Overall we take fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art from various genres. BUT we started the mag during our MFA program due to our frustration with literary magazines and how they don’t showcase every form of writing. Therefore, we search for underrepresented fiction. That includes YOU YA writers that love and follow this blog. We’re also desperately seeking romance, mystery, and flash fiction. There are opportunities for artists and poets in our magazine and on our website, too. We are always looking for authors to interview as well. All submission guidelines can be found here. Again, underrepresented fiction writers, we want YOU!

FINALLY, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the contests that Black Fox Literary Magazine offers. We are offering cash prizes for our fiction contest. You can submit to the contest with a low entry fee of $10.00. Your fiction can be in any genre but must not be more than 5,000 words. First place gets published in our Spring 2012 issue and receives $150.00. The deadline to enter is December 1st, 2011. Find out more info about the fiction contest here. ALSO, we are giving our 100 Twitter Follower contest another go. When we started the contest a while back we only had three entries and planned on giving three prizes…we decided to extend the contest to try and get more people to enter. We are open to taking suggestions for the prizes in the comments section of this post. (b/c we assume that’s why people didn’t enter…) and we’ll give more info on the contest regulations and end date in a later post.

Other Opportunities with Black Fox Literary Magazine:

*Blog Posts: We are launching a Black Fox Blog soon and are looking for contributors. Mainly we want nonfiction articles on the craft of writing, and book reviews. More info can be found here.

*Readers: We are also looking for individuals who are willing to read submission for Black Fox Literary Magazine. More information will be given on this at a later date.

*Manuscript Consultations: The editors of Black Fox Literary Magazine will be offering a manuscript consultation service for a low price. Again, more information will be given on this at a later date.

We’re open to new ideas/suggestions as well. Do you see anything in other mags that we are not offering? If so, let us know. Also, don’t forget to give us some ideas for the Black Fox 100 Twitter Followers contest. And please, please DON’T FORGET to submit!

RTW: Best Book of July

Reading Song of the Day: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

After a two-week hiatus, we are THRILLED to join the lovely ladies at YA Highway for another Road Trip Wednesday. This week they want to know:

What was the best book you read in July?
To which our response is: Gulp.

You see, we had to take that hiatus for a reason: to move, to work on our thesis presentations, and to help out our sis and co-editor, Racquel Henry, launch the first issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine (more info on that on the bottom of this post). Needless to say, we didn’t get to read as much as we wanted, but the ONE book I read was actually pretty awesome:

After reading so much hype about the Iron Fey series online, as well as wanting to read it for research for my own fairy WIP, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

I say this quite a few times, but this book truly led me on a roller coaster of emotions. I swooned over Ash, felt bad for Meghan’s best friend, Puck, feared for Meghan’s safety, and literally cried from laughing at one of Meghan’s first encounters with some nasty fairies (just ask Quita–she thought I was dying). I truly would recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and romance. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series now!
Side note: the very first issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine will be released THIS FRIDAY!!! If you can’t tell, we’re just a tad bit excited. To honor our launch, we have extended the Black Fox Twitter contest–more details to come on that. Just swing by our blog on Friday to celebrate with us!
And now–any book recommendations for us? We have A LOT of catching up to do.

Let Us Be Your Motivation!

Inspiring Song of the Day: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Hey, all. We hope you had a great weekend. Us? We’ve been revising, revising, getting prepared to move, more revising, preparing to work on our thesis presentation, and revising some more. And, well…we’re overwhelmed. Like, totally. Because we’re feeling so down w/ the load of all of the aforementioned, we motivated ourselves by watching one of our favorite videos. Then we thought: Why not show it to our loyal and lovely followers?

Take a minute to watch this vid, and then try and tell us it doesn’t put a smile on your face…

Are you smiling, yet? We KNEW it!

Okay, now for the somewhat sad part of this post. Once again, we haz to go on a blogging hiatus, peeps. Why, you ask?? Well, let us illustrate:

Working on our thesis presentation (due in August *pulling our collars*).
Revising In Limbo and Faking It, AKA Project J (like scrapping major parts, line editing, re-working kinda revising).
Compiling our FIRST issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine with our co-editor and lil’ sis, Racquel.
Oh, yeah–and moving into a house in TWO WEEKS!

We’re deeply sad to say that something had to go, unfortunately that something is blogging. But, fear not we shall return July 25th, 2011. And we should be able to give you all our full attention 🙂

So, make sure you come back and see us then! In the mean time, what are you guys up to??

Love ya all!!!!

Black Fox Lit Mag Update…And a Contest!

Writing Song of the Day: “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones

We’re nearing the end of this week…and almost the end of May (WOW- can you believe it??) and we wanted to update you all on our progress with Black Fox Literary Magazine–the venture we are entering with our sis, Racquel.

First–The first issue is set to be released this summer. We NEED you all to submit, submit, submit! You can submit short stories, poetry, and flash fiction to be published in the very first issue of the Black Fox Lit Mag.

First B–Annnd, you can enter our fiction and cover art contests. Click here to read more about the contests. Also, we will feature poems weekly on our website.

For more info on how and what to submit, click here!

Second–We are holding a Twitter contest since Black Fox Lit has reached 100 followers. This contest is running throughout the entire month of May (you have a little under two weeks left!). To make things easier we have created a google form for your use in entering the contest. If you would like to enter through Facebook click here. Or you can just fill out the form below.

We will give away three prize packs which include a Black Fox t-shirt, pen, notebook, and a print copy of our first issue! Thanks for your support!

A Few Announcements

Helping Song of the Day: “Help!” by The Beatles

We interrupt your weekly Road Trip Wednesday to bring you some important news:

1. The amazing Kate Hart is joining forces with other writers for Help Write Now. This is a writing auction to assist with storm relief in the South. Several writers, agents, and other publishing industry insiders will be donating their services. Quita and I have also joined a few of our writer buddies for a pretty awesome critique pack. Please stop by and see how you can help.

2. You may have noticed on our sidebar a cute icon for Black Fox Literary Magazine. Quita and I are co-founders and co-editors, along with our sister from another mister, Racquel Henry. Our very first issue will be this summer–woo hoo (if you can’t tell, we’re uber excited)! We’re still looking for submissions and interviews for our website, as well as for the actual magazine. For submissions, click here. If you’re a writer (published OR aspiring) that is interested in being interviewed, please email us at cuzwewrite@gmail.com.

2b. Black Fox Lit has also surpassed 100 followers on Twitter, so we’re having a contest! We’re giving away T-shirts, pens, notebooks, and a print copy of our first issue! Click here for details. Oh, and don’t forget follow @blackfox on Twitter. 🙂

Shwew, lots of news! Speaking of which, we’re in dire need of good news–big or small. Anything you have to share?? 🙂

Calling all Writers!

Writing Song of the Day: “On Call” by Kings of Leon (Check it out on the Rock With Us tab)


Remember a while back we introduced you all to Black Fox Literary Magazine? It’s a little project that we are taking on with our adopted lil‘ sis Racquel. And now we’re taking things up a notch!

We’re working on totally revamping our website and making things more accessible. Also, we are calling for poetry and flash fiction entries. Flash fiction is a new style of writing that has become extremely interesting to us and if you know your flash is the shiz…please do visit the site and submit.

Finally, we are looking for writers to interview for our issues. If you are interested in being a part of our venture, please either reply here or get in touch with us through e-mail: marquitahockaday@gmail.com or pamharris1981@gmail.com

Also follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/blackfoxlit

NOTE: We will not be posting any new blog posts next week– except to respond to YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday. Happy Holidays EVERYONE!!!! See you in all in the New Year 🙂