|My 1st of 3 rejections from CM
||[Mar. 23rd, 2008|01:31 am]
|||||in good company||]|
Title: Wake Me
Warnings (if any): Angst, Het, Rape, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence
Summary: In the midst of the War, Hermione is kidnapped and held captive as Ron, Harry and Ginny search desperately for her. Hermione and Ron share a psychic connection, with which she tries to help him find her before it is too late.
*A strong warning for this story, as it does contain the rape of a character and severe psychological trauma.*
Reason given for rejection: I didn't keep the original email to be perfectly honest, so I don't remember the exact wording. However, I know I submitted the fic after I had at least 4 chapters written and when I tried to appeal I was told that I was not eligible for the appeal process. I was told something to the effect of: This does not meet a certain standard of quality for the site. Very poor characterization for both Ron and Hermione. The plot is unoriginal and has been done better elsewhere. This content isn't something our readers are interested in and it will never be suitable for our site. That last one was the one that stung the most I think.
How did your story fare when you posted it elsewhere? The response elsewhere has been overwhelming!
Where did you post? The Quidditch Pitch, which is the only site I have all of my fics currently archived at.
- It spent a few months on the Top 10 most favourite fics list over at The Quidditch Pitch.
- It is currently the 4th most reviewed fic over at TQP.
- It was nominated for 4 of the 2007 rhr_awards , including: Outstanding Multi-Chapter, Novel-Length, or WIP; Most Intriguing Plot; Outstanding Depiction of Hermione in a Fic; and Outstanding Overall Fic.
- I get personal emails approximately once every two weeks either asking about when I will be updating or telling me how much the fic has touched the reader, because of the sensitivity to the subject matter. Those emails of thanks are what proved to me that CM is full of it and that the content isn't horrid.
Link us to some of your other work: All of my fics can be found at my author's page on TQP.
Thank you to the mods of this community! I felt so ashamed of the fact that I have been rejected by CM 3 times. I haven't even bothered with my more recent fics, because it's no longer a place I would be proud to host my fics. However, the initial pain and embarrassment I felt, as well as the thought that I must be the most horrible writer in fandom, did a huge number on my self-confidence that I have yet to shake- nearly 2 years later. I wish I had known that others had the same problems with the site at the time. I might not have gone through the anguish I did over them.