We are very excited to have Tara Fox Hall visiting today. Take it away Tara!
A huge thank you to Tasha Turner. for having me here today! I’m here today to promote Shadow Man, the second book in my paranormal action adventure Lash series.
The harsh truth is that if you are a writer, you are going to have to come to terms with rejection. It happens to the best of us on a regular basis. Here are some do and don’t tips for handling that “Sorry, but No” answer in your inbox or mailbox. Best of all, this advice can be applied to ALL kinds of rejections, not just for artistic creations.
- Do not take rejection personally. Sure, it’s possible that the editor or other publisher representative hates you, your work, and your pet snake. But it’s more likely that your work—for whatever reason—is just not a good fit for them. This could be anything from the publisher having already accepted a story similar to yours, not liking your voice or the tense or the POV, thinking the story sounds too much like an excerpt from a novel, or simply being so swamped with submissions that they are currently full of your genre. I’ve heard all these reasons at one time or another. Be prepared though to get no reason, just the “no” answer.
- Consider all feedback and apply. What appears to be a “No thank you” is not always a “no, thank you.” Did the rejection include suggestions for making the submission longer? Shorter? Submitting for a future issue, or to a sister publication? Give thought to any suggestions, as they may hold the keys to a yes answer next time.
- Look for other avenues and submit ASAP. So you weren’t accepted there, AND you’ve gone over your story once more and confirmed it’s well written, typo free, and formatted correctly.Search out another avenue and try again as soon as possible. Personally, I find this is the best salve for rejection.
- Don’t give up, a.k.a, repeat above steps as needed. Promise Me was rejected by all the agents in the industry, as was Lash. All that Remains, Take the Chance, and other short stories of mine were rejected on average four times before finding a home. Keep submitting! All you need is one editor to say yes!
The same advice above holds true in all rejections, be they blind dates, a job, or maybe even friendship. If someone doesn’t know you personally, they are judging you solely on the basis of the little that they DO know about you. And even if they are—-in worst case scenario—-mean in their rejection, do your best to shrug it off. Their opinion is not the whole world’s opinion. Don’t let that stop you from making your dreams come true!
Blurb from Shadow Man:
A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.
Excerpt from Shadow Man:
“What’s that smoke?” Spiderboy asked, changing back as he pulled on his clothes as fast as he could. “Something’s burning, and it’s huge!”
My gut clenched like a fist, and I hit the accelerator, swearing to myself.
I drove up to the small town outside Lafayette at dusk. It was smoking, and the grocery store and the diner were partly burned. There was no one in their homes, and no pets to be seen. The old man I’d spoken to years ago was gone, his house empty, the lights on. But something made me curious. By the breakfast plates set out in the kitchen, it was clear that he’d been fixing breakfast this very morning. So how had the vampires come for him in daylight?
We checked the other houses, our guns out and ready. Everyone was gone, though some, by the blood and mess left in the houses, had not gone willingly. By the time we were done, it was full dark.
When we went to the church, we found that it was burned too, to the ground. Standing in the still-smoldering ashes was a three-foot-tall pole, the top covered with a black bag. Spiderboy’s eyes were very wide as he stood, staring, but I just walked up to the pole, and gently took the bag off. As soon as I did, Spiderboy threw up behind me, making mewling sounds.
Stuck on the end of the pole was Jeanna’s head, her mouth lolling open to reveal a tongue that had been split by a knife so it was forked. Her fangs had been pulled out, and her eyes burnt to cinders. The word ‘traitor’ had been deeply burned into the flesh of her forehead.
I stood for a moment, considering the message. The forked tongue meant Eli knew I was spying on him, or that I’d been working with her. The brand of ‘traitor’ and the pulled fangs meant he knew it was Jacob behind this, that Jeanna hadn’t been working just with me. She’d been covered to ensure that the sun wouldn’t be able to erase what she’d suffered before I got a chance to see it.
I didn’t know who’d killed her or tortured her, but someone had come for the humans here in the day, to take them. And there was only one group I knew of that worked for Eli who could walk in daylight: the members of the werecreature church.
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About Tara Fox Hall
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Meseries. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
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