Before I start this blog entry, I’d like to say thanks to the bloggers who read (& liked) yesterday’s post). It was really gratifying see that people really responded to it so much!
And now, on with today’s blog. So, after last semester, I managed to have four stories out to markets that I was proud of and didn’t think needed major work (in terms of revision). In other words, I had them in a state where I thought they were strong stories and marketable to markets that deal in Science Fiction and Fantasy. I’ve got some news on them, so I thought I update you how where they stand currently.
HAWKEMOON: Just heard from this market today. It is currently on the “maybe” list. If it holds up well against the other stories that come in during the reading period, then it has a chance to be published. This is actually very good news. It’s sort of like going to a job with two Interview components and passing the first Interview. If HawkeMoon passes the second “interview,” then it gets the” job” (to extend the metaphor). It is also a lesson in persistence; this is the 10th story that I’ve submitted to them (they’ve actually seen my entire catalog except for Silence Will Fall & Citizen X), but this is the first time that I’ve gotten onto the “maybe” list! Wahoo for small victories! (I won’t name the market until they actually accept the piece, but fingers crossed that the “maybe” turns into a “yes!”)
SILENCE WILL FALL: On this one, I actually wanted to revise it and did so last semester with the help of the MTSU Writing Center (where I also worked as a Consultant, in addition to teaching a Freshman English Class). I knew that I wanted the ending to more closely match the ending of the dream that had originally inspired to the story, so I rewrote it and made sure (via the Writing Center) that it made sense and have started to submit it again. It received a rejection letter (again just this morning), but I’m happy with the way the story ends, so I will continue to send it out until I find a market that likes it (see above about persistence). Will be sending it to a new market this weekend.
I, MAGI: So this one went out to the market in January and I still haven’t heard about its fate. According to Duotrope, it has been out for about 150 days. The market is still replying to submissions, but I’m probably going to have to request an update for the story over the weekend. Now, I’m patient (I’ve waited over 9 months for a response for one market before), but they do say to query if they’ve taken over 45 days to respond and I would like to send I, Magi back out if they aren’t going to use it. If they don’t respond, I’ll probably give them another 30 days and then move onto the next market.
HERE BE MONSTERS: The market for this one unexpectedly went on hiatus this week with my story still under consideration. I’m usually pretty good about sensing a market’s imminent change in status (this is actually only the 2nd time this has happened to me in over a 132 total submissions tracked by Duotrope). However, this one caught me off-guard. There was nothing to indicate there was anything out of the ordinary happening, until I checked the listing on Duotrope and saw that the website was no longer functioning. Alarm bells began ringing at that point and I hoped that it was just a temporary hiccup, but no, it looks like the market just didn’t have the resources to continue. So, I’ll pick a new market and resubmit this story over the weekend.
So there you have it–a (mostly) complete update on the status of the four stories that I currently have out at the moment. Lesson to take away = persistence, persistence, and more persistence.