The hits just keep on coming! “Story X” has received its third rejection letter, and here it is:
Thanks for submitting “Story X,” but I’m going to pass on it. It didn’t quite work for me, I’m afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way.
Like the two rejections before it, this is a standard common form rejection with all the usual trimmings. Polite? Check. An unambiguous “no.” Check. General niceties? Check.
This is the last submission to the quick-turnaround publishers. Next were heading into the deep, dark wilds of simultaneous submissions. What’s a simultaneous submission? Well, it’s really a topic for another blog post, but in short, a simultaneous submission is when you send the same story to multiple publishers at the same time. Some publishers allow it; others don’t. Pro-tip: Don’t send simultaneous submission to publishers that don’t go in for that kind of thing. It can put you in a very bad position.
“Story X” will be sent to three publishers, all of whom accept simultaneous submissions. (Yes, I checked.) The turnaround times for these three markets are in the 30- to 60-day range, which is pretty typical for most genre magazines. That said, many publishers are quicker than their stated turn times with rejections. Acceptances usually take longer, as these stories are often under consideration for some time before the decision is made to publish.
So, three shots fired. Let’s see if any of them find the mark.