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Took this yesterday through the window on the train. I've tried to bring the glare down a bit, but you can really notice it on the chair. Still, I love this image. Old and new Australia.

Anyway, I don't usually talk about rejection, because it's mostly much of a muchness these days. "I liked it, but it didn't suit my needs/taste," is the general response. It's the nature of the beast and I can't imagine anyone would be interested in hearing where I've been bounced. But let me just say that I just got a really, really nice rejection from McSweeney's. I'd never subbed there before, but lately, since my work has gotten increasingly borderline in the Spec Fic genre--perhaps represented by the increase in doesn't suit my needs and tastes rejections, but I mostly think not--I'm trying new markets. I expected slush pile standard rejection here, but instead got very nice words, told to submit again, and assured that I'd be picked from the slush next time round. Now, in the cold, harsh light of my reality, it doesn't mean much since each new sub is a new sub based on a new reality and thousands of other subs probably get the same words, but gosh darn it, it certainly was nice and faintly reassuring for trying the non-speculative fiction markets. Can't argue it on that level.

Though now I got to figure where to resubmit the story. Joy.

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jack_ryder
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats for submitting to McSweeney's in the first place. Good thinking.
benpeek
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
why? i figure heaps of people do it--even heaps in the sf community.
jack_ryder
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Just because it appears to be a less self-ghettoised marketplace. And I wasn't aware of many Australian writers submitting (but then, I am pretty much out of the loop.)
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
i know of at least one. might be more--i don't really talk to people about where they submit and don't.
coppervale
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Hang in there, man. It just means you haven't found the right match for that story. Very often has nothing to do with the quality of the work.

My favorite cartoon of all time is a woman introducing two men at a dinner party with the words, "The publisher who rejected Stephen King — I'd like you to meet the editor who turned down J.K. Rowling."

James
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Hang in there, man. It just means you haven't found the right match for that story. Very often has nothing to do with the quality of the work.

yeah, totally. these days finding a match for the story that's a solid, good market that's got an audience beyond the couple of hundred i'm used too (basically the australian market) is my main goal with short fiction. might take a while, but that's how it is.
lamentables
Sep. 7th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
Love the pic.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
thanks.
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