editor, THE REJECTS
"If you compare writing to surgery, then rejections are like cadavers. You don't hold onto the corpse afterwards. Dig in, scalpel around, stitch it up."
Jay Miller is poetry editor at The Lit Quarterly (litquarterly.ca, @LitQuarterly), a print and digital publication for new and rising talent in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. He is a poet who works full-time as a technical writer in industrial engineering and has several years experience as a translator (working primarily with French, as well as with German and Spanish as a
freelancer), copywriter, literary book reviewer, and blogger. He co-founded the Canadian literary criticism blog Literatured (2011-2016) and holds a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and World Languages from Queen’s University (2015).
Jay on Rejection
My few creative publications may lend credence to my familiarity with rejection. I maintain a rigorous
spreadsheet detailing all my creative writing submissions and to date this year I can boast of a whopping
80% rejection rate. If you compare writing to surgery, then rejections are like cadavers. You don’t hold
onto the corpse afterwards. Dig in, scalpel around, stitch it up. You have to come to terms with the
certainty that even as a training professional, you are going to commit some errors, even on living
outpatients; your career won’t take off until your thirties, if you’re lucky, and your success rate won’t
plateau until your forties. It all depends on your pucker factor: either kill your darlings or patch them up.
Types of Feedback Offered
Comprehensive service: proofreading, editing, formatting. I offer editing for creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry.
I also offer translation from French, Italian, Polish and German into English.
I've done legal, medical, technical, commercial, political, academic, and historical freelance translation in the past 3 years and am totally transparent on my processes and limitations.
My response time is 4 weeks for most projects and 6 weeks for book-length manuscripts.
I always work on a sliding scale and remain open to all counteroffers.