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Rejection slip commiseration and regrouping:
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Hello [redacted] Thank you for sending us your story. We have read and considered it very carefully, but unfortunately we won't be making you an offer of acceptance. Sorry to disappoint, but please remember that submissions are always welcome, and that next time the news might be better. Don't forget that it's always a good idea to read the magazine. This will give you a huge advantage over those writers who don't study their markets. Details of our magazines, a secure shop, and a lively discussion forum can all be found on our website: http://www.ttapress.com — The Editors Interzone, Black Static, CrimewaveNot sure where to try next. Anybody know a magazine that might take a low fantasy romance from an unpublished author? Writer's Market? Never heard of it, but it's at the local library. I'll check it out.
edited 2nd Nov '11 8:05:55 PM by feotakahari
Hey now, at least they bothered to respond to you with a few sentences and some advice. Most of the time they don't even write you back, let alone personalize the rejection. And seriously, don't beat yourself up too much. They didn't say that your work wasn't good, they gave you the "know your audience" spiel. That means that they think somebody else might pick it up, but that they aren't certain your idea works for their particular specialty. If they thought it was out and out bad, they wouldn't have bothered to give you encouragement. Trust me on this - editors don't have time to write personalized messages to the thousands of submissions they get every year. If they take the time to write you some advice, they see something in you - its just not the something they are looking for. Have you tried using the Writer's Market books? They publish a new one every year, and it lists a lot of magazine editors - as well as what the editors are looking for. Most library carry a recent enough edition (or you can just "browse" at a bookstore and copy down a few addresses for promising editors). Or you could >GASP< pay the thirty dollars for it... Also called "The Freelancer's Bible": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writer%27s_Market
edited 2nd Nov '11 8:23:10 PM by MyGodItsFullofStars
I changed accounts.E-publishing?
I am now known as Flyboy.
Responsible adultI don't have advice, but I can commiserate. Commiserate, commiserate! *sighs*
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Sneaky BastardWell, Card says that magazines are always looking for new talent (because all the old talent starts writing books and leaves them), so being unpublished shouldn't be a problem.
Also known as KatzProps for trying. It's an important step.
edited 4th Nov '11 9:57:10 PM by jewelleddragon
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer^^ Speaking of Card, I just submitted to The Intergalactic Medicine Show. The site says it takes three months for a response, so this thread may get bumped in February. (In the meantime, I'm also working on a piece for Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, a flash fiction site.)
edited 5th Nov '11 5:16:52 PM by feotakahari
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Thank you for offering your story to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. We're sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere.What really bugs me is that I got the rejection letter two months ahead of when I expected to get it. My story must have been culled pretty quickly. Next up: Clarkesworld.
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