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31 May 2009 @ 10:41 pm
[writing] any advice on what to do wrt a submission to Lady Churchill's?  
A ways back I submitted a story to Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW) which is, without a doubt, one of my favorite semiprozines.

It's been 2 months longer than their stated reply time of 3-6 months and I haven't heard anything. I sent them a query a couple weeks ago, at the "7 months since submission" time, but didn't get a reply.

So now what? I don't really want to just pull the story, as I want to give them every chance possible to consider it. LCRW is one of the places where I would love to sell a story one day, so I certainly don't want to act like the special snowflake writer and tick them off forever. On the other hand, I'd like to know if they got it in the first place and if it's still under consideration (and if it is, then that's totally cool by me).

I know the classic piece of advice is: "Worried about one story? Write another one." I am doing that. I'm just curious how this one is doing at LCRW.

So any advice or thoughts on the LCRW submission process or history would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who have interacted with the LCRW folks in the past.

Thanks in advance,

- yeff
Greg van Eekhoutgregvaneekhout on June 1st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Some exceptional circumstances: http://lcrw.net/wordpress/?p=1109
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on June 1st, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah! That explains a great deal.

Funny, cause I had checked the blog just a few days before that post about the baby. Just didn't check often enough.

Situation explained, and I'm totally cool. And I should post some congratulations! My daughters are 15 and 8, so the new baby days are a loooong time ago for me but I still remember them fondly.

Thanks for the info!

- yeff
Greg van Eekhoutgregvaneekhout on June 1st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I imagine there were a lot of writers in your situation, so there's probably a backlog of queries and whatnot.

You people with your children, complicating our submission logs ...
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on June 1st, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Those children, they complicate everything! But they're worth it.

Things will get resolved when they get resolved. I'm totally unworried about timeline now wrt that submission. Time to go write another story! (or, actually, finish the one I'm writing and then revise some other ones).

Hey, you gonna make it up to Sacra-tomato any time this summer? We still have to have a Sactown edition of Writing and Snacks whenever you come around.

- yeff
Greg van Eekhoutgregvaneekhout on June 2nd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
July, I'm hoping!
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on June 2nd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Cool! I should be around most of the time, except start of July when we go to Ashland Oregon for July 4th - plays and parades!
They Didn't Ask Medr_phil_physics on June 1st, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow - I hadn't heard about the baby. Kelly was half of the week 5 and 6 anchor teach with Jeff Ford at the 2004 Clarion workshop -- Gavin was in and out as he was on a book tour during then.

What I was going to say about LCRW and Small Beer Press was that I knew that they recently had to clear out some warehouse space, rather than pay rental on some older books -- and that like small presses everywhere, I'd always cut them some slack in terms of time. I've only submitted to them twice -- once in 2006 and once in 2008. 116 and 206 days response times, average of 161 days. And that was in "normal" times.

Dr. Phil
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on June 1st, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's at 8 months as of today but given the circumstances I can completely understand. New baby, and especially new premature baby, takes completely priority.

Thanks for the info!

- yeff