June was a decent month despite the lack of acceptances, largely because the promotion of my novel Flashpoint began and kept me busy. Again, I didn’t send as many submission as I would have liked or completed as many short stories as I would have liked, but that’s probably going to be a constant in these updates for the foreseeable future.
June Report Card
Rejections, rejection, rejections. We got your rejections right here.
Rejection 1: 6/1/16
Thank you so much for thinking of XXX. Unfortunately “XXX” is not quite what we’re looking for at the moment. Best of luck placing it elsewhere.
This is one of the quickest rejections I’ve received, but, for once, I think I know why. You see, this particular publisher recently held a story for consideration for quite a while, though they finally decided to pass on it. It’s possible, since they liked my last story, they read this one right away when they saw my name at the top. Unfortunately, it didn’t take them long to decide this one wasn’t a good fit either (about three hours). Of course, that’s all rejectomantic conjecture at its finest, and it may be my story was just at the top of the pile when the editor started reading submissions that day.
Rejection 2: 6/10/16
Thank you for submitting “XXX” to XXX. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, we don’t feel it is a good fit for us and we’re going to have to pass on it at this time.
Thanks again. Best of luck with this.
Oh, man, I wanted this publication BAD. This is a rejection from one of the top-tier spec-fic magazines in the industry. You know, the kind that publishes stories that eventually go on to win Hugos, and Nebulas, and Brom Stoker awards. I’ve submitted to this magazine a few times, and I’d never received anything but their standard form letter. This time, though, I received a letter letting me know my story had been chosen by one of their first readers for a closer look by the editors. Still a long shot, but an exciting one. I expected a rejection, and you can read it above, but, it was nice to dream for a while. I’ll keep trying.
Rejection 3: 6/14/16
Thanks for submitting “XXX,” 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.
So, hey, if a top-tier market holds one of your stories for consideration but ultimately passes on it, other top-tier markets will be interested in it, right? Right? Uh, no; it does not mean that, as the two-day rejection letter above so succinctly attests.
Rejection 4: 6/16/16
Thank you for the opportunity to read “XXX.” Unfortunately, your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now.
In the past, we’ve provided detailed feedback on our rejections, but I’m afraid that due to time considerations, we’re no longer able to offer that service. I appreciate your interest in XXX and hope that you’ll keep us in mind in the future.
Okay, okay, if one top-tier market likes your story but ultimately passes on it, and another top-tier market pretty much auto-rejects it, then a third top-tier market is going to love the shit out of it, right? RIGHT?!
Rejection 5: 6/22/16
Thank you for sending your story for consideration at XXX. We’ve had a chance to read through it now and I’m afraid that it’s not what we’re looking for at this time.
Thank you for letting us read through your work though, and best of luck with finding a home for it. The short story is a complex thing to compose – disproportionately so compared to the final word count – and the best advice we can offer is to persevere. Every editor responds to things differently and it’s a subjective market so there’s nothing to say someone else won’t pick up this story in the future.
Just a garden-variety form letter here (for another story, not the one from the last three rejections). Another market I have yet to crack, but, you know, keep trying until they make you stop.
Kind of a different one this month, and one that may deserve a post of its own. Check it out.
Shutting Down Rejection? 1: 5/12/16
Thank you for letting us read XXX. Unfortunately, we have decided to close down, at least for now, for financial reasons. We wish you the best with your writing, and hope to see you published elsewhere soon.
I’ve never received a letter like this, though I suspect they’re not uncommon. It sucks this market is going under, and not just because they were holding one of my stories for consideration. These folks put out a good product and published good stories, so I hate to see them go. But is this a rejection? Kind of, I guess. Maybe it should go with the other rejections, but it felt different enough that I thought it deserved a special call out.
One of my stories was published this month, and with a pro market no less.
My story “Where They Belong” was published by DarkFuse Magazine, which is pretty cool, especially since they’re listed as one of Duotrope’s toughest markets. It feels pretty nice to be published by a market like that. You need to be a subscriber to read the story, but if you’re gonna subscribe to a horror magazine, DarkFuse is a pretty damn good choice.
And that’s June. What did your month look like?