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So much rejection: #s 260 – 267: Harpur’s Palate, Asimov’s, Beat To A Pulp, Shotgun Honey, Connotation, Apex

David Cranmer at Beat To A Pulp rejected me, twice, kindly and personally. Beat To A Pulp – along with Needle – are pulp markets I WILL CRACK.  You heard it here first, people.

Mid-American Review reports that “there were quite a few favorable comments made, supporters of your work speaking up on its finer points.” I would like to hug those supporters. I wish there more of them. Enough to get this goddamn story published.

Shotgun Honey didn’t feel the story was right, but told me to keep ’em coming. All right.

Connotation Press fiction editor Meg Tuite and I have been corresponding on a few stories – she’s already taken one; it’s just that the other wasn’t right. We’ll work on it.

Apex regrets to inform me &c.

Asimov’s appreciates, but &c.

Harpur’s Palate thanks me but &c.

So much rejection: #s 260 – 267: Harpur's Palate, Asimov's, Beat To A Pulp, Shotgun Honey, Connotation, Apex

David Cranmer at Beat To A Pulp rejected me, twice, kindly and personally. Beat To A Pulp – along with Needle – are pulp markets I WILL CRACK.  You heard it here first, people.

Mid-American Review reports that “there were quite a few favorable comments made, supporters of your work speaking up on its finer points.” I would like to hug those supporters. I wish there more of them. Enough to get this goddamn story published.

Shotgun Honey didn’t feel the story was right, but told me to keep ’em coming. All right.

Connotation Press fiction editor Meg Tuite and I have been corresponding on a few stories – she’s already taken one; it’s just that the other wasn’t right. We’ll work on it.

Apex regrets to inform me &c.

Asimov’s appreciates, but &c.

Harpur’s Palate thanks me but &c.

Rejections #213-222: Ellery Queen, Ideomancer, Apex, Bull, Unstuck, Word Riot, Plots With Guns, Pulp Modern, Storyglossia, Barrelhouse

Hey, did you know there is a Rejection Wiki out there? Well, there is.  I’ll be adding all my rejection letters there from now on.  If you’re a writer, and you’re being rejected (I repeat myself), head on over and contribute.  I’ll all for lifting the shroud of secrecy that hovers over this submitting stuff.

Okay, on with the show.

Plots With Guns kindly considered a story that was 1000 words below their usual minimum requirement, which I appreciated.  Unfortunately, they found it to be a little too elliptical.  Not to worry, though – since I submitted the original piece, I’ve written a sequel, and good-hearted Sean O’Kane, editor, agreed to look at the two in tandem.  I’ll keep you posted.

Pulp Modern still ain’t buying what I’m selling, but I’ve submitted again because it’s an inaugural issue, and dammit, I want in there.

Ideomancer was “intrigued by the situation set up, but found the ending’s implications more interesting than the story itself.”  That hurts, a little, but I appreciate the comment.

Unstuck enjoyed the story and hopes I will submit again.  Okay.  Maybe I will.

Apex’s letter reads like a next-of-kin letter: We regret to inform you &c.  Don’t worry, Apex.  I’m not taking it that seriously.

Kevin O’Cuinn of Word Riot and I have played our last round of I-send-’em, he-rejects-’em for a while.  As with elimae, I don’t have any more stories coming down the pike that he’s likely to appreciate.

Ellery Queen gave my story careful consideration &c.

My story isn’t exactly what Bull is looking for.

Storyglossia appreciated &c.

Barrelhouse thanks me &c.

Rejections #173, 174, 175, 176 – Weird Tales, Flashquake, The Reprint, Apex

The rejection from The Reprint felt a little weird because, as the mag name suggests, the story I sent in has been previously published.  So, you know, it’s already gone through the approval process.  Felt like it ought to be rubber-stamped.  Obviously this is not the case; different editors, different magazines, &c &c &c.  Just goes to show you arbitrary the whole publication process really is.

Flashquake thought my piece would work better as part of a novella or even a novel.  Which is good in one sense because that’s just what it is – an excerpt from a novel manuscript.  What it shows is that I didn’t strip it down enough to be a stand-alone piece in its own right.  So the critique is appreciated.

Weird Tales thanks me but unfortunately will have to pass &c.

My story does not currently meet the needs of Apex.

 

 

Rejections #151 & 152 – Apex & Orion

Apex Magazine regrets to inform me that my story does not currently meet their needs. They do wish me future writing success, however.

Orion thanks me, but did not find a place for my piece in their magazine.