Posts Tagged ‘Query Wars’

Query Wars

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Dear Mr. Robinson—

 

Thank you for submitting “Retreat” to [Redacted]. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite engage our imaginations: The Retreat is an interesting concept, but otherwise this piece didn’t do much new with the standard superhero tropes.  Therefore, I’m unable to accept this piece for publication.

 

Thanks again for thinking of [Redacted], and best of luck with the piece elsewhere!

 

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Query Wars

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Like many places, this particular market has a tiered system of automatic responses. This is the “i liked it a lot…but not enough” response. Given the turnaround time of this particular market, I think it may mean that it made it through the slush to the actual editor. But the world may never know.

Dear Sean,

Thanks for submitting “It Does Not Rain on Mars Nova,” but I’m going to pass on it. It’s nicely written and I enjoyed reading it, but overall it didn’t quite win me over, I’m afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way. I look forward to seeing your next submission.

Query Wars

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Dear sean,

Thank you for the opportunity to read “The Snow Queens Daughter.” Unfortunately, your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now.

In the past, we’ve provided detailed feedback on our rejections, but I’m afraid that due to time considerations, we’re no longer able to offer that service. I appreciate your interest in [redacted]  and hope that you’ll keep us in mind in the future.

Take care,

Query Wars Update

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Query Wars
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Here’s another one from this weekend. I made a mistake and didn’t submissions guidelines correctly.

Dear Sean Robinson,

As stated on our guidelines page on Submittable, we do not accept submissions with author information in the body of the story. You’re welcome to resubmit “Madder Root and Rampion,” but please remove all author information – including all mentions of your name – from the story first.

Thank you, ”

 

So the moral here is to always read the directions before you submit.

Query Wars Update

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I generally share copies of the rejections letter that i receive. I think its worth while to see what they look like and for folks to know that we’re all in this together. So, the Query Wars

Dear Sean Robinson,

Thank you for your interest in [Redacted]. Our editorial staff and I have carefully reviewed your material, but unfortunately, it is not quite right for our magazines.

We appreciate this opportunity to see your work, and hope that you will be successful in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,