Introducing the Rejected Page

In the interest of compiling all my submission records (Submittable and Duotrope) into one, organized location rather than expecting readers to dig through the archives of posts to find out who, when, and where I’ve submitted and what the submission response time was, I present to you a Rejected list. Similar in structure to CourtContinue reading “Introducing the Rejected Page”

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#1 Way to Protect Your Query Letter from an Upon-Arrival Trashcan Fate

Let me tell you a true story. It’s a horror story. A publishing horror story. The following is not for the faint of heart. I work at a social science press. We publish history, economic, sociology, psychology, and urban planning books (among others). On occasion, we publish memoirs but these books are usually the memoirsContinue reading “#1 Way to Protect Your Query Letter from an Upon-Arrival Trashcan Fate”

The Scoop on New South Journal

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the rejection letters I got in the past month was for New South, the official literary art journal of George State University. I submitted a fiction story that I’ve been shopping around for two years now–a story I’ve fixed-up, reorganized, and rewrote at the recommendation ofContinue reading “The Scoop on New South Journal”

What To Do When Your Book Idea is Stolen and Made into a Bestseller

Monday (9:00am):  Denial.  Denial, denial, denial.  When they clog up your email, each electronic bad news arriving one after another, providing a summary paragraph that’s startlingly similar to the plot of your own manuscript, refuse to read the: Online book reviews Goodreads monthly newsletter Barnes & Noble weekly newsletter Shelf Awareness daily newsletter Monday (9:15am): Continue reading “What To Do When Your Book Idea is Stolen and Made into a Bestseller”

The Benefits of Being Rejected By the Madison Review

It was a form rejection letter, so I haven’t gained a better idea of what they’re actually looking for, but at least I can share the previously unknown fact that you can expect the Madison Review to get back to you in one month, like they did for me. In case you are interested inContinue reading “The Benefits of Being Rejected By the Madison Review”

Writers Are a Virtuous Breed

True fact.  Not that we have much choice, now, do we?  I suppose we could always write nasty emails demanding quicker responses, but that probably occurs to writers as often as it occurs to them to respond to rejection letters. (PS: DON’T DO IT!) I’m currently waiting upon: Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th;Continue reading “Writers Are a Virtuous Breed”

Sucker Lit Mag Spits Out Responses in 11 Days

I was expecting to have to wait a month to hear back from Sucker Literary Magazine–which is a rather quick turn-around in and of itself–but I’ve already heard back!  (I’ll admit it; it was a rejection.  But they did give feedback, so I’ve gotten an idea of some things I’m going to change before submittingContinue reading “Sucker Lit Mag Spits Out Responses in 11 Days”

The 4 Rules of Polite Simultaneous Submissions

I’ve read blog posts before where people claim that it’s “rude” or, at the very least, makes them extremely uncomfortable to simultaneously submit their writing to multiple journals or to multiple literary agents.  This is ridiculous!  Think about it.  If you have submitted your manuscript to a single literary agent, the wait time is, perhaps,Continue reading “The 4 Rules of Polite Simultaneous Submissions”

Writing Submission Status

I haven’t posted my personal waiting experience in a while.  So if you’re interested… Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th; what submitted: 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction)  Official Response Time:  unknown Cicada (date submitted: February 16th; what submitted: 2 poems)  Official Response Time: up to 4 months I’ve given up hope on the Cicada submissions,Continue reading “Writing Submission Status”

Revealed: Real-Life Submission Response Time for storySouth

A bit unusual to hear back outside of the work week, but I got a rejection letter on Saturday from storySouth, a magazine all about the–you guessed it!–Southern experience narrative.  If you’ve got a story set in the South, about the South, or if you just happen to be a resident of the South, long-termContinue reading “Revealed: Real-Life Submission Response Time for storySouth”