Matthew Simmons wrote an hilarious post over at HTMLGIANT about the “Five Stages of Publishing“: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. I’m not sure it’s a linear path, but I can definitely attest to the grim reality of each stage. Right now I’m hovering somewhere between Depression and Denial, though some of my actions certainly amount to Acceptance, and I’m no stranger to bursts of uncontrollable Anger.

When does this damn game get easier?

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SHYA SCANLON is the Fiction Reviews Editor for The Nervous Breakdown. Scanlon's work has appeared in the Mississippi Review, Literary Review, New York Quarterly, Guernica Magazine, Opium Magazine, and others. His book of prose poetry, In This Alone Impulse, was published by Noemi Press in January, 2010. In 2009, his novel Forecast was serialized online across 42 journals and literary blogs as part of the Forecast 42 Project. Forecast will be published by Flatmancrooked in December, 2010. He received his MFA from Brown University, where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. Please visit him at www.shyascanlon.com.

One response to “Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Anger, Anger and… am I missing one?”

  1. Greg Olear says:

    Yes, I think we’re all ready to fast forward to the part where we’re pacing around our mahogany-paneled offices — the ones located in the west wings of our summer homes in Southampton — muttering to ourselves, “Sure, it’s nice that the book was an international bestseller and is now a major motion picture starring George Clooney…but when will the critics take me seriously?”

    Which is a long way of answering your question: in my (extremely limited) experience, the game never gets easier; it only changes form. Like moving on to the next level of “Donkeykong.”

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