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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2010, 08:31:47 AM »

I avoid rejection by never sending anything out(*)  huh

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So how did you get your novels (plural) published? Tsk!
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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2010, 09:02:08 AM »

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So how did you get your novels (plural) published? Tsk!

It's a good point, well made.  Wink I clearly have submitted work in the past but not at the moment. I have nothing out there. I hate myself (just a little bit) for not submitting more - and I'm taking heed of Womble article in Writer's Forum (and Delph's submission rate earlier in this thread). But the reality is that I really do submit hardly anything. I have three completed novel manuscripts that really ought to be out there, but a bit like Rev' was alluding to, I generally think "I can do far better than that now" so I'd rather write something new...

I can feel a proper new year's resolution coming on.

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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2010, 01:58:59 PM »

0 rejections
0 acceptances.
I didn't bother to submit anything this year.
So, I am even. Does that make me a successful writer or just a lazy old sod?
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2010, 02:31:25 PM »

I think I'm 1 for 1 this year. 100% acceptance rate grin

Not putting anything else out there until next year, for fear of ruining my average afro
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2010, 02:37:50 PM »

I think I'm 1 for 1 this year. 100% acceptance rate grin

Not putting anything else out there until next year, for fear of ruining my average afro

As I recall, you probed Uranus!

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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2010, 03:39:32 PM »

I certainly did afro
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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2010, 06:21:37 AM »

Most of you guys are doing better than me. The only piece I've had accepted lately was Killpoet and they didn't give me anything for my piece. I should probably have found that out before submitting, but I don't care too much. At least they liked it. 
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010, 06:30:36 AM »

You know how all the advice about writing to agents stresses again and again that you must address them by their name, rather than 'Dear Agent' or anything else? I always do. I'm SO careful about that.

One just replied (negatively) to me, and addressed me by a completely wrong name, which they'd picked off my email address. My correct name was several times on the query letter, on the synopsis, and on every page of the manuscript. pissed

Maybe I should change my email address to 'notmyname@gmail[dot]com' or something.
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010, 12:38:07 PM »

return to sender:-  forward the letter to the agent with a note saying you dont know anyone of that name [the name thay used]  .... that may get his\her attention
.... dont think delf -- do it!
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2010, 01:16:22 PM »

agents and publishers are deluged with requests. -- a'wish a'wash in slushpiles....poor buggers.

if you dont know somebody that knows somebody who can put in a word for you, you gonna need a 'spark' of sorts to get their attention.

if you are prepared to take the risk of the 'spark' back-firing .... and things can always backfire ... what odds do you give me that i can get an agent of your choice to ask you to send in your manuscript -----

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« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2010, 01:22:19 PM »

I've started lacing my query letters with a touch-activated poison, and the only cure is impregnated in my manuscript paper  grin
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« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2010, 01:51:48 PM »

I've started lacing my query letters with a touch-activated poison, and the only cure is impregnated in my manuscript paper  grin
-- this sounds to easy... but it could work
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« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2010, 07:12:23 AM »

I always have at least 4 stories in the queues out there. I suppose I get one acceptance for every 5 rejects but then I'm only aiming for paid mags though I've had 5 antho acceptances for which I'll only get copies. A rejection yesterday from Lahir did have my name right but it was a form reject. That's just laziness IMO. Most mags have submission windows to make reading and responding manageable. As the sub editor for Escape Velocity I'd respond with at least half a page of crit to all the submitters. I think the problem is with writers who can't take a rejection no matter how helpful the submission ed is trying to be. You'd be surprised at the hate mail, let alone the persistent 'but but but' replies. Manners go both ways.

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« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2010, 10:25:24 AM »

Hey Geoff--I agree some people will always "defend" their work (suppose it shows their attachment to their efforts).  On a different level, when I grade student papers and write in comments on improving some aspect, I usually get the "but...".  I guess some view suggestions as not critism but an attack.  I actually found one of my favorite responses to one of my submissions to be a rejection.  Came from Midnight Echo--story didn't quite fit what they needed at the time (or maybe never and they were just being polite?).  The editor gave a full crit on the piece with explanation why he would turn a particular sentence around, so on and so forth.

So, some may grumble--and lord knows I will at times, but editors that give reasons (such as you) are greatly appreciated by some (however, I'm sure we will sing your praises from the highest mountain top the more if we were told the story got accepted).
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« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2010, 12:02:13 PM »

I'll keep my ears open - and as Rev A likes to say, eyes crossed  Wink
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