Q: You have files filled with stories you haven’t finished or that haven’t been sent out in a while. What do you do with them?
J: Every few months I go into my unsold files and sometimes I find a way to rewrite or remake one or two of the pieces there. Some of these old or forgotten or often rejected manuscripts are save-able. Some need total re-writing. Some only need a few small changes. I send them out again to editors newly met, or editors newly minted. I remind my writing students that sometimes a manuscript will finally be sold to an editor who hasn’t been born yet!!!