It’s A Mystery To Me – SoCS

Linda’s prompt for today was “ask someone else” and, well, son is still sleeping and I don’t really want to look up a word, so I am going to use something that came up last night while I was going to bed: mystery.

Now, this is a bit of a nonfiction piece because, well, it is. It’s a mystery to me why others seem to have all the luck or that “something” that I don’t. People say, “as a writer, your life is full of rejections until you find the one that wants it.” Well, that is true, to a certain degree, but it also calls into question who is doing the deciding. It’s no different than me trying to explain to people why I can’t even get a job saying “would you like fries with that” or “paper, plastic, or did you bring your own bags?” There is no rhyme or reason to things anymore.

I have thought about what I read and write a lot lately. How do you describe it? It’s a mystery to me. Yes, Reflected Echo touches on dystopian life but is it fully dystopian? No, it’s not. Is it a coming-of-age story? In a philosophical way, yes. Is it YA? Only because of her age…a ten year old could read it, understand it, and possibly enjoy it. Is it an adult fiction with a teenage protagonist? Yes, adults would enjoy it. In fact more adults read YA than teenagers. But, is it what people expect to read when they hear Dystopian? In today’s Hunger Games, Handmaids Tale, and 1984 definition…no. So, I am left with a mystery about how to market a philosophical literary fiction that touches on a variety of genres. Sigh!

I was having a conversation with a fellow blogger last night about a story of theirs that was rejected. It’s a mystery to me why they didn’t take the leap, have some faith in themselves, and turn it into the book they knew was sitting in front of them. It came down do placing an idea into a category again…YA vs MG. I hope the blogger takes the leap, because it would make a great MG book. But, what do I know?

I read a lot of online “magazines” and, many I have submitted to and been rejected from, and it’s a mystery what people are really looking for. Yes, there is a reader for every writer, and it is just a matter of finding each other, but isn’t that what magazines are for? I remember reading magazines to discover new writers, new ideas, new dreams, and new ways of telling stories. Now, it seems as though magazines are looking for the one-trick pony. Steampunk is now only cyberpunk or has vampires in it (in steampunk!).

Many authors are one-trick ponies. They carve a niche in a genre and let the money roll in (like Rice and Rowling). Many authors are not. Many of my readers often talk about King and look at the breadth and depth of his “horror” career…there was the killer dog, killer car, killer husband, then his short stories of children looking for a dead kid and discovering more about themselves in the process, there was the sadistic kid who terrorized a former Nazi, a love story. Some of my favorite authors are not one-trick ponies, but is that supported today?

Ah, the end of a year and the beginning of a new one brings so many more mysteries. It’s a mystery if I will ever answer any of 2018’s mysteries that I wrote about here, it’s a mystery if I will ever figure out how to make things work in 2019, and it’s a mystery if I will ever stop asking why things are a mystery.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to write a mystery story to submit to a new online magazine that is launching in February.


6 thoughts on “It’s A Mystery To Me – SoCS

  1. So much of life seems to be a mystery to me. Why do people behave as they do? Greed seems such a motivating force in people’s lives. I wish you well in 2019, I guess you have to hang in there and believe in your abilities and press on. Poverty can be a real motivating force and soul destroying at the same time. best wishes for 2019.

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  2. To me, the way of the publishing world is not a mystery at all. It is all about money and commercialism. If you write what the publishers know will sell you can get in with a traditional publisher. To do so for me is to compromise my writing and my ability so I stay with a small publisher and work on my own marketing. There are some people of read and enjoy my books.

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    1. I see it more like film…agents and publishers are creating the demand. There is literally an agent seeking a YA Fifty Shades of Grey and another seeking a MG serial killer story. Seriously? I mean, sure, there are probably some people wanting to read those, but enough to create a demand? We are already pushing more and more adult themes into the children’s market that soon there won’t be one at all (yes, I know its relatively new in the grand scheme of things and MG and YA is even newer, but still). With a 4% acceptance rate at traditional publishers, I think its a lot of luck involved as much as it is knowing the market. But, again, that’s just me 🙂

      I am having fun in my little world filled with leaving things up to the reader’s imagination.


  3. It seems the traditional publisher begins their ‘year’ with a bunch of quotas, so many of this genre, so many of that. And that so many might be very few. So the thing to know is when does that year start? And then to get in there quick. Based on my reading., I wouldn’t say the best submissions are those accepted, only the first in.
    Good luck with your 2019 submissions.

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