June 30th, 2015

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what's making me happy this week - 22-28 June 2015 (delayed)

"The Dybbuk's Moll" got a "good no" from tor.com, making it to second reads!

Thanks so much for submitting to Tor.com, and for your patience while we evaluated your story. Unfortunately, "The Dybbuk's Moll" is not quite right for us.

Like all good stories that we enjoy reading from beginning to end, this is difficult to reject. But sadly whether we like a story is only part of the criteria used for retaining it. This made it to second reads, but even though we found it entertaining, we didn't love it. An insider tip about Tor.com: most of us want to sympathize with the characters most of the time, so this protagonist probably has a better chance telling his story to another magazine--we wish him the best of luck.

Thanks for the opportunity to consider this, and we'll be happy to see what you send us next!

The protagonist is most certainly not sympathetic, so I can live with this response. Especially after the "very good no" from F&SF. And whenever I write "Nora Gets A Golem", it's definitely going to tor.com first.

So it's off to the next potential destination, once I find a place that's willing to look at a 10,000 word Jewish dark fantasy noir story...

- yeff