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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2011, 07:20:53 PM »
Boo hoo -- one of my little babies didn't make the cut at Story Quest . . . but two others have made it to Round 2! ;D
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2011, 08:19:28 PM »
oOOH - Fingers crossed for you, Sio!

Did you hear by email today?  I have a horse in that race, as well. 
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2011, 08:23:21 PM »
Getting onto short lists means you're doing something right, but maybe not in the right places.  Quite possibly it came down to editorial whim preference at that point, rather than your own ability Look for similar markets and re-sub.

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Thanks for that insight, Gyppo.  Up til now my take has been always a brides maid, never a bride. I've even considered changing my online name to bridesmaid  :P
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2011, 08:37:05 PM »
You know, this is a perfect companion thread to the "Where are you submitting next" thread. I'll have to go dig that one up.
Get your s*** together and start hunting.

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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2011, 08:53:48 AM »
Just heard back on a submission to Daily Science Fiction - a rejection, but I did get "P.S. it was an almost for us"

So I'll re-read, recheck, and resubmit the little orphan  :)
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2011, 08:55:37 AM »
Great news, regardless of the rejection. It takes something to submit, and their interest is there, so next submission could change to acceptance.


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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2011, 09:54:59 AM »
Great, Laura - a personalised rejection from a pro market is no easy feat!
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2011, 10:20:24 AM »
Just to share a year--well, it'll be a year in ten days--of highs and lows with one publisher:

DEC2010
     -Submitted query and chapter to publisher. :)
     -Confirmation of submission received. ;)
     -Feedback received: Loved the premise, very excited about the story and we just need a tweak to the chapter. ;D 8)
     -Resubmitted tweaked chapter. ;)

From January to July
     -Letter of Acceptance and request for manuscript received. :o ;D
     -Manuscript submitted. ;)
     -Follow-up email sent, due to no word in over three months. ???
     -No word after another month prompts another kind nudge. ???
     -Apology for delay received. Feedback: Loved the story. Three senior staffers read it and noted two tweaks needed before it can be accepted for publication. ;D :o 8)
     -Resubmitted manuscript. ;)

How has this ended?
                       ??? :( :'(
I believe Gyppo called it the black hole syndrome. :)

Although there are no guarantees the journey will end with a contract, it's educational. Don't lose heart or let a negative attitude rob you of moments that should be celebrated.

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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2011, 10:23:07 AM »
Doesn't sound like rejection to me, Maimi! I think I know how this will end, and it ain't a black hole.  :)
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2011, 10:24:03 AM »
Hopefully you'll soon be posting on the Success thread. ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2011, 10:42:46 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement, Annmarie and Siobhan. :-*

It's hard to take silence over a long period as good sign. Fortunately, there's always a project and submitting elsewhere to keep the forward motion going. :)

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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2011, 10:58:23 AM »
Maimi, you have been on a roller coaster!

Here's hoping for closure before year end  ;D 
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2011, 04:33:23 PM »
Hopefully it will be a great news Christmas present for you, Maimi! Have you queried again recently?
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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2011, 04:50:54 PM »
Awe, thanks guys. :)

Matt, that's a negative on contacting them recently. I'm thinking about waiting until it's a solid year in a little over a week. :)
I've also put that project aside while working on a script. And the possibility of going the independent author route hasn't escaped my attention.

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Re: Rejection Central
« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2011, 05:58:29 PM »
Maimi, all of the above sounds encouraging to me. I have everything crossed for you that you get a publication deal early in 2012. If I could offer up a little piece of advice from my (admittedly) limited experience... Don't push too hard for an answer. I did that several years ago with a manuscript that I had submitted, and had gone through a couple of stages of reading, but then I heard nothing for months. I eventually emailed them with an ultimatum, ie make a decision or send it back.
What do you think they did?
Yep! Sent it back! (Although I did get a very nice email telling me how good they thought it was...)

Recently I have been submitting short stories to competitions.
So far I have had...
1 story shortlisted.
1 Highly commended.
1 commended.

Oh well, keep on persevering....

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