Electric Literature thanks me &tc., but I have a personal connection to this form rejection. A couple years ago when Electric Literature was just starting out and I was a writer for TeleRead, they were looking for publicity and contacted me and I wrote a couple pieces on their project, including one piece that was not favorable to the story/animation in question, but very complimentary of what Electric Literature was trying to do. I was in touch with the co-Editors, and they seemed like nice guys.
So, a couple years later, I have a piece I think might work for them. I write them. Before, when I was spreading the good word, they’d get back to me within hours. Now, nothing. Well, fair enough, I decide. Guess I shouldn’t be trying to jump the queue that way. So I send them my story like anyone else, though I do mention our past connection in the cover letter.
Was I trying to use a personal connection to help get published? Hell yes, I was.
Little that it mattered. After a standard 192-day wait, I got the standard auto-reject, with nary a word of my past word-spreading on their behalf.
No question, having connections helps in getting published. But not all connections were created equal. The tenuous ones – like as not they help not at all.
Meanwhile, Witness admired many elements of my work, but have decided the manuscript isn’t right for them.