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Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #90 on: April 02, 2016, 07:17:25 PM »
I have nothing to report!

Previously mentioned stories were rejected at various levels and are now with different markets. Miraculously I have an all time high of 5 stories in submission now. Currently have stories that have been with Beneath Ceaseless Skies & Strange Horizons for 6-8 weeks now, so of course I'm now checking my e-mails every 7 minutes.

You know.

Because that helps.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #91 on: April 02, 2016, 07:36:01 PM »
I have nothing to report!

Previously mentioned stories were rejected at various levels and are now with different markets. Miraculously I have an all time high of 5 stories in submission now. Currently have stories that have been with Beneath Ceaseless Skies & Strange Horizons for 6-8 weeks now, so of course I'm now checking my e-mails every 7 minutes.

You know.

Because that helps.

6-8 weeks at BCS is good! Hopefully, that means they're giving your story some serious consideration.

According to Duotrope, all seven of my rejections from BCS have come between 15 (shortest) and 52 days (longest). So you're already on the upper end of consideration. Crossing my fingers for you.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #92 on: April 02, 2016, 09:44:20 PM »
And, of course, the rejection comes now. Le sigh.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #93 on: April 06, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
And, of course, the rejection comes now. Le sigh.

Ack, sorry to hear that. On to the next!

I continue to wait anxiously for anything regarding open submissions on my novel(s). I've got my espionage SF novel out to THREE places currently, with no responses yet:

- Submitted to Harper Voyager in November
- Submitted to Gollancz in January
- Submitted to Ragnarok Publications in March

- And finally, I've got my cyberpunk police procedural sitting at Angry Robot, from their open submission period. No response there either.

The frustrating thing is I have no idea where any of these folks are in the process. Are they through 25% of the manuscripts? 50%? Are they only responding to people that catch their interest, or everyone? These are questions to which I do not know the answers. :)

Meanwhile, the saga of agent submissions continues to be "sorry, not for me" with no request for sample chapters. I've got one more round for my espionage SF novel (I'll probably send those out this weekend) and if I don't get any bites, it goes off to Baen for consideration (they take a year for unsolicited manuscripts, which works out about right for me). If Baen passes, I'll likely self-publish in late 2017.

So far this year, I have one short story sale (technically I sold it right at the end of last year, but it took three months to get into print!) and I'm hoping for a few more. But I need to actually submit stories to sell them, so I should get on that.
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Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #94 on: April 13, 2016, 05:47:33 PM »
Well, no news for lengthy periods increases the possibility of good news, I suppose. It's a tough ol' waiting game, writing.

On that note,  I currently have short stories out a various different markets that have been with them for...

2 days, 11 days, 12 days, 12 days, 14 days, 14 days, 56 days, and 91 days, respectively.

Patience is not a virtue I possess, sadly! However, having 8 stories out on submission is a new high for me.

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #95 on: April 15, 2016, 08:53:56 AM »
My novel is currently out to a bunch of agents, I have a handful of short stories needing edited before being sent out, and I'm doing readings for an anthology - other than that nothing much to report at the moment.

The waiting for rejection/acceptance or full requests is so annoying. It does help to have a few things out at any given time though, makes it seems like something is happening.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #96 on: April 16, 2016, 04:02:46 AM »
Queried two more agents for Supremacy's Shadow tonight. I'm up to 38 passes or non-replies now, so I'm running out of people to ping. This next week will almost certainly be the last batch of agent queries for me, at least for this book.

Still nothing on the open submission windows, though I did find a bit more information on the AbsoluteWrite forums, and it looks like people who haven't received rejections yet may still be in the running. So no news is good news, I suppose!

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #97 on: April 16, 2016, 05:09:00 PM »
I just got another rejection a couple days ago. It was one of the first queries I had sent out and honestly didn't expect to be seeing any more, since it's been months since I sent any out. It was, without a doubt, the nicest form rejection I have ever read. The man either needs to become an author himself, or he must've tricked one his clients into writing it.

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #98 on: April 16, 2016, 08:32:02 PM »
At what point do I query my unanswered query, I wonder?

HMMM.

Offline cupiscent

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #99 on: April 16, 2016, 11:59:42 PM »
At what point do I query my unanswered query, I wonder?

Depends on the policy of the agent/agency in question, so the first thing to check is their website or social media or listing on Publishers' Marketplace for what they say about responses to queries. Some agencies have a "no response means no" policy, so following-up won't get you anywhere. Some agencies post to social media where they're up to in their queries. A lot of agencies have a suggested timeframe, saying things like, "You will hear from us within three months" or whatever.

A lot of those timeframes are hilariously optimistic.

I also recommend checking the agent's listing on QueryTracker. Through the comments or timeline on any agent, you can see what sort of timeframe other people are receiving responses on. This can help put your experience in perspective. If everyone around your time has received a response but not you, chances are your query fell down the  back of the couch somehow, so following up would be good. If no one else has a response either, the agent has been busy and not hitting her query box.

My advice is not to follow up unless you have reason to think it will help, because the way most agents work is oldest to newest - following up makes you one of the newest, pushing you to the back of the queue again. (I saw this happen when I followed-up with agents regarding having received an offer of rep.)

If you do follow up, obviously make sure to include your original query. :)

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #100 on: April 17, 2016, 08:17:28 AM »
Thanks, Cupiscent.

It's a short story market so it's a slightly different process. I've gone past the point where they tell you to query if you haven't heard as they always respond in that time frame. So I queried last weekend but haven't had a response to that yet. It's a market which sends to a link to check the status of your story and it says it's still under consideration..

I'll probably give it another few days / a week before asking again.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #101 on: April 17, 2016, 09:30:04 AM »
Ohhhh, I see! I spent so long trying to get an agent that I see "query" and everything defaults to agent setting. :D

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #102 on: April 17, 2016, 09:37:03 AM »
It's all useful!

I'll finish The Book one day... :)

Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #103 on: April 24, 2016, 11:44:29 AM »
New short up today, over at Fantasy Scroll. It's called 'Mother Salt and her Sisters' and it is an allegorical polemic on slavery and a sociological discussion of industrialisation and assembly lines and is likely to alter the minds and opinions of a generation, forever changing the yoof of today and improving the world hence forth.

Or it's about sea hags and sirens and is pure pulp fiction with magic and monsters and glorious fantasy.

One of the two.  :o

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #104 on: April 24, 2016, 11:48:21 AM »
One of the two.  :o
Why can't it be both?  ;)
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