June was another active month that kept me well ahead of pace for my goal of 100 submissions for the year. Here’s the down and dirty.
June 2018 Report Card
Twelve submissions is great, and I ended the month with 72 total for the year (and an average of exactly twelve per month). A couple of the rejections stung a bit, only because I thought I had a good shot at an acceptance on at least one of them. Still, I did get an acceptance from a market I haven’t submitted to before, so that’s always good. The publication is for a story accepted in May, and the “other” is a withdrawal letter.
Ten rejections, which is about average for my submission output at this point. Here’s how the rejections breakdown.
Half the rejection were upper-tier form or personal rejections, and there was one short list rejection and a couple of close-but-no-cigars. I really wanted an acceptance for that short-listed story because it was for a fairly prestigious anthology, and I thought my story was a nice fit for the theme. But that’s the way these things go, and editors have to make tough decisions when they’re filling those final slots. This is one of those stories that’s gotten close a couple of times, so I think it’ll find a home in the near future.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how long it took for each market to read and reject the story.
|Rejection||Date Sent||Date Received||Days Out|
Pretty standard rejection times for these markets, though some were a bit speedier than usual. The longest wait was 151 days, and that’s because the story was short listed. In that case, the publisher sent a short list letter to inform authors the wait time could be longer than usual as they made final decisions.
The “other” this month was another withdrawal letter.
I submitted my short story [story title] to [publisher] on [date]. I sent a submission status query on [date]. At this time, I would like to withdraw the story from consideration.
This is an example of one of my basic withdrawal letters. Like all queries and withdrawals, be professional and simply state the facts.
One acceptance for the month, from a market I haven’t subbed to before (but almost certainly will again).
Many thanks again for your story, we both really enjoyed it and would like to publish it at [publisher]. Attached is a copy of our standard contract for you to fill in, sign, and return.
In my experience, most acceptance letters read like a very welcome type of form letter. I think this is because they are the opening salvo in a longer communication between editor and writer. Yes, you should always respond to acceptance letters. 🙂 Additional communications of a much more individual nature always follow, revolving around the contract, any necessary edits to the story, when the story might be published, etc.
More on this acceptance as it nears publication.
One publication in June. My story “The Inside People” was published by Ellipsis Zine. You can read it by clicking the link below.
And that was my June. Tell me about yours.