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24 February 2009 @ 12:06 pm
I've had some nice responses to submissions recently  
While there are no new sales for me, I have received some very nice responses to submissions.

No places will be named, but here's some responses (these are five distinct stories, BTW):

- "We really loved much about this piece, but we're having to be incredibly selective right now ... I'd love to see more of your work if you have anything available."

- "I really like your prose and very much appreciate the completeness of your story arc here"

- "We like it a lot! This is not an acceptance or a rejection, just a notice that it is under strong consideration. We haven't made the decision yet, but we just wanted to let you know that we have received and heartily enjoyed your submission."

- "The editors have reviewed it and decided to hold it for voting."

- "Just informing you that your submission has passed the second round of readings ... so your submission is now on our shortlist, while we see if we can find a place for it."

Hopefully I haven't jinxed anything by mentioning these, but responses like this certainly help a newbie like me feel good all over.

In other news: "Apologies All Around" is hanging on to second place in the Drabblecast People's Choice Voting, with one day left to go. Reed, Rusch, Simner, Pierce, and me. Who let that robot dude in here?

But, as ckastens and I were talking about in LJ comments, while sales and nice responses and nominations are awesome, in the end it all come back to the work. That's all you control, is the work. You Have To Do The Work.

So tonight I'll be trying to finish up last week's Thing, the redraft of "Straw That Shines Like The Sun" because it's got a submission (first, Fantasy Magazine) in its future.

After that, I want to tackle the rework on "Faraway, In Her Eyes" because Shimmerzine is open for submissions again (yay!) and I rather like Shimmerzine and totally consider "Faraway" a Shimmerzine story.

After that, "The Fishing Trip". It's time for that one. It picks at my brain all the time, saying "hello, mcfly, mcfly? Not done here!" like in the following (mental) WIP.

When they arrived at the place where the two rivers meet, Uncle Jack immediately took off all his clothes.

Darin started undressing, the scratchy wool shirt catching on his fine pelt of boy-hair. The cool river would feel good after the long, hot, dry carriage ride.

But before he could get his shirt over his head, Uncle Jack stopped him, one of Uncle Jack's massive, fleshy, webbed hands easily holding down both Darin's arms.

"No, boy. Leave your clothes on. The water is only for men today."

prusik on February 24th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Go you! Such consistently good response to your work is wonderful. You're most of the way there.
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know about "most". Maybe "more". I still feel like I have a loooooooooooooong way to go.

But thanks for the nice comments!
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on February 24th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sweet responses! I make sales on about one out of three hold requests on average, so with three of them out there, I'd say you have a good chance for a sale! Good luck!
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
But you're Chris Kastensmidt, professionally published author! The rules are different for you! :-)

But hey - any one of those three would be a sweet sale, so from your typing to the editors' ears!
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on February 25th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
Well, now that I'm racking up negative sales, I'm sure I'll be regressing from professional to semi-pro to newbie to unpublished within the next two years. :)
jeffsoesbe: bender angryjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
"negative sales" = LOL!

"Dear Chris,

We are unhappy to inform you that we are withdrawing our publication of your story. Please tear up the previously enclosed contracts and send us the original payment via PayPal, if that is convenient for you.

Thank you,

Magazine Editor"

Hopefully, *that* won't happen.
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on February 25th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
What if I start losing published sales?
"We have recalled all paper copies of our magazine and sent out a virus that will destory all electronic copies. Our readers are undergoing hypnotism to forget it ever existed."
jeffsoesbe: vpxi tentjeffsoesbe on February 26th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
So *that's* what happened to my copy of your book.

Book? What book?

VP called. They want your attendance back.

How do I know you, again?

(they got me)
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on February 26th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
How do you know me? Why... Wait a second, who am I????
jeffsoesbe: picard sternjeffsoesbe on February 26th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. They are *thorough*!
ex_camillea on February 24th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Shimmer is an awesome zine, and Beth is supercoolio.
ex_camillea on February 24th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
...Oh, and Cat too, of course.
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Agreed on all three counts. I only briefly met Cat, but like her work.

I gave Beth (and Sean) a ride back to the airport from a workshop in Lincoln City last year. They gave me a copy of Shimmer in return, and I definitely made out well on that deal!
marshaldillonmarshaldillon on February 24th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
"Apologies" and "Time" were neck and neck for a while there. I was hoping you'd pull ahead. There's still time...
jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Re: Apologies
It's pretty tight all the way down, currently 8-7-6-5-4 in votes. Whatever happens, it's pretty cool. Thanks for the good thoughts!

And I totally have to steal that icon...
Erin Cashiertherinth on February 25th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
The land of the almost -- it's not such a bad place to be ;). Fingers crossed :D
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 25th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
I must agree - almosts are pretty sweet. Even if they all come back no, it's still good to know I got that far.

Thanks for the finger-crossing!
Dave Thompson: the writer's blockkrylyr on February 25th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. Some great responses! Good luck!
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 26th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! They were cool, indeed.