Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm moving to wordpress!

New blog! One where I actually plan to post weekly. See you there!

http://crystalleflar.wordpress.com/

(and I "tweet", ocassionally, @crysa_leflar.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Sale!

Nightscape Press has put out some of the best books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended, if I didn't love the books I wouldn't work for the company. :)

"***BIG SALE ON ALL TITLES*** Since Christmas is December 25th we're taking 25% off of all Nightscape Press titles on Amazon for the entire week! All ebooks are less than $4 and all paperbacks are less than $13, most of them now under $10!!! So if you've had your eye on one of our amazing titles, now's the time to go grab it up for yourself or as a gift for someone you love! (The Kindle edition of Life Rage by L.L. Soares is still only 99 cents for the entire month of December!)"

 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A History of Response...Rejections/Acceptances

I began submitting (and being rejected) in 2009. I read about the different types of rejections letters and what they meant (or didn't mean) and  I would spend hours searching for other people's rejections from the same places in an attempt to get a feel for the types of rejection letters. I guess I was trying to find my place among the tons of others being rejected.

There are surprisingly few people who actually talk about their rejections, aside from saying that they happened. I guess rejection is private as well as personal.

I have kept track of every submission and response and I'm going to share that here for the new writers or for the curious. People will tell you that you shouldn't compare yourself to others, that every writer is different, every writer develops differently than their peers. That's true but there is still a baseline. There is still the idea of different types of rejections letters even though most magazines/anthologies don't type up their different "levels" of letters for you to compare yours to. So, this list of responses serves not only as a record for myself but as a place to start when learning more about the types of rejections.

 


2009
01/20/09: "Thank you for your story ("Reflection") to our magazine, but unfortunately it isn't
quite right for Fantasy. We hope that you continue trying, however,
and look forward to many more submissions."

02/18/09: "Thank you for the opportunity to read "Reflection". Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year. 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 Clarkesworld Magazine and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future."

03/26/09: "Thank you for your story ("Among Roses") to our magazine, but unfortunately it isn't quite right for Fantasy. We hope that you continue trying, however, and look forward to many more submissions."

05/06/09: "Thank you for submitting "Reflection" to Strange Horizons, but we've decided not to accept it for publication. I found the main character too passive to gain my interest, and would have liked to have seen more of the world outside his room, where it seemed much more action occurred. But we appreciate your interest in our magazine."

05/07/09: "Thank you for your recent submission ("Reflection") to Shock Totem. Sadly, we regret to inform you that we are declining acceptance at this time. With so many literary magazines to choose from, we’re truly honored that you chose Shock Totem. We encourage you to submit to us again in the future. Good luck in placing this submission elsewhere. We apologize for this terribly impersonal e-mail. With so much still to accomplish between now and July, we've had to resort to form letters for everyone."

05/07/09: "Thanks for your recent submission to VQR: "Among Roses." We regret that it's not right for our current needs. We wish we could respond more personally to your submission, but the number of manuscripts we receive makes this impossible. Please know, however, that we've read your work and appreciate your interest in our journal. We wish you the best in placing your writing elsewhere."

06/16/09: "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your manuscript. ("Reflection") The volume of mail I receive keeps me from responding personally to each submission. And unfortunately I must often turn down good work due to space limitations and other considerations. I am very sorry that I will not be able to publish your piece at this time. I appreciate your interest in Weird Tales and hope that you will keep me in mind for future submissions."

07/02/09: "Thank you for submitting "Reflection" to Dark Faith. Your writing shows promise, but I'm going to pass on this one. It's a bit tangential to the themes of the anthology and well worn in subject matter. Best of luck placing it elsewhere."

07/07/09: "Thank you for submitting ("Among Roses") your fiction to The Pedestal Magazine. We enjoyed reading it but regret that we cannot use it at this time. We wish you the best of luck in placing your work elsewhere and sincerely hope that you will submit other writing to us in the future."

07/22/09: "Thanks for submitting this story, ("Reflection") but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way." (John Joseph Adams, Editor,The Way of the Wizard)

07/23/09: " Thank you for the opportunity to read "Among Roses". Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year. 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 Clarkesworld Magazine and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

10/30/09: "Thank you for submitting your fiction ("Reflection") to The Pedestal Magazine. We enjoyed reading it but regret that we cannot use it at this time. We wish you the best of luck in placing your work elsewhere and sincerely hope that you will submit other writing to us in the future."

11/01/09: "Thank you for submitting "Their Graves Were Dug" to Strange Horizons, but we've decided not to accept it for publication. We appreciate your interest in our magazine."

12/10/09 : "It has taken me far to long to reply to your submission and for that I do apologize, I am only just now coming on board as the main editor. Your Letter from the Dead has made it past the first hurdle, being me. It still has yet to make it past the Doc and our editor Becca, but I'm fairly certain that it will make it into the book so congratulations."
(First acceptance.)

12/17/09: " Thanks very much for sending this ("Reflection") to _Beneath Ceaseless Skies_. Unfortunately, it's not quite right for us. I liked the sense of the narrator's attitude in the internal monologue-style narrative, but I think the narrative's emphasis on internal musings made me not feel the surroundings clearly enough, specifically what was at stake for the narrator, what core burning goal might be driving her through the story. I appreciate your interest in our magazine. Please feel free to submit again."


2010
01/09/10: "Thank you for submitting your fiction ("Their Graves Were Dug") to The Pedestal Magazine. We enjoyed reading it but after careful consideration have decided that we cannot use it at this time. We wish you the best of luck in placing your work elsewhere and sincerely hope that you will submit other writing to us in the future. "

01/11/10: "Thank you for sending us "My Mother's Revenge". We have reviewed your story and decided not to purchase it. The premise is a familiar one, and while it is nicely done, I don't feel it meets the needs of the podcast." (Pseudopod)

01/29/10: "Thanks for submitting your work ("Their Graves Were Dug") to Brain Harvest. Unfortunately, we've decided not to publish it. Forgive the form-letter -- we don't mean to be impersonal, but the number of submissions we receive precludes us from responding individually. We know rejections suck; we've been rejected many times ourselves. It could be that your piece needs more polish. But honestly, it could be fine as-is. Taste in fiction is subjective, so try not to let it get you down. Keep reading Brain Harvest, and try us again with your next piece if you think we might dig it."

02/12/10: "Thank you for submitting work ("Among Roses") to A Public Space. Although this submission isn't right for the magazine, we appreciate the opportunity to consider it and wish you all the best."

02/22/10: "Thanks for submitting your work ("My Mother's Revenge") to Brain Harvest. Unfortunately, we've decided not to publish it. Forgive the form-letter -- we don't mean to be impersonal, but the number of submissions we receive precludes us from responding individually. We know rejections suck; we've been rejected many times ourselves. It could be that your piece needs more polish. But honestly, it could be fine as-is. Taste in fiction is subjective, so try not to let it get you down. Keep reading Brain Harvest, and try us again with your next piece if you think we might dig it."

02/26/10: "Thank you for your submission to Flash Fiction Online. Unfortunately, I'm going to pass on "Their Graves Were Dug." I felt that the story took too long to get started, especially it was not revealed until two thirds of the way through what they were accusing the Yankees of doing. Thus, I had a difficult time being interested in the mystery. Finally, I had a hard time believing that any soldiers in war time would take the time to dig up corpses, seemingly without reason. Those are just my opinions, of course, and tastes vary by market. We wish you the best in placing this story."

04/22/10: "We at Necrotic Tissue received your submission: "My Mother's Revenge". After considered review by our editorial staff we have decided not to publish your story. It started off as a promising story…but I feel there’s something missing. It read like a good beginning to a larger piece. Could have gone into more detail. What killed him? What decisions were made into him going into the cage…etc. Also, the mistress was something that piqued my interest and I would have liked to have seen a bit more working her into the story (with background, etc.). Perhaps start the story a little earlier in time? We wish you luck in placing this story elsewhere."

04/28/10: "We at Necrotic Tissue received your submission: "Their Graves Were dug". After considered review by our editorial staff we have decided not to publish your story. I liked this story and think you're a terrific writer. The ending was really cool also. Unfortunately, this piece just wasn't dark enough for our magazine. Check out some free sample issues at www.necrotictissue.com to see what we are searching for."

05/20/10: "Thank you for offering your story ("Reflection") to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. We're sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere."

05/27/10: " Thank you for sending us "Their Graves Were Dug". I've reviewed the story and decided not to purchase it. It's well written and I like the choice of the, I assume, Civil War time period setting, but the payoff is perhaps a bit too familiar for us. Please consider us for future submissions, however. Thanks for submitting, and I hope my comments have been at least a tiny bit helpful.(Pseudopod)

06/01/10: "Thank you for allowing Shimmer to consider "Reflection," but I'm going
to pass on this one. Ultimately, I didn't feel this story covered enough new ground for Shimmer's liking. I also felt somewhat distant from your main character--unable to fully connect. Best of luck with this one!"

07/11/10: "Thank you for sending us "Among Roses". Unfortunately, it's not what
we're looking for at this time."

08/10/10: "Thank you for submitting "Their Graves Were Dug" to Shock Totem. Sadly, we regret to inform you that we are declining acceptance at this time. Good luck in placing this submission elsewhere."

08/23/10: "Thank you for your submission. I'm going to pass on "Their Graves Were Dug" because it focused on the lead up to the zombie conflict, not the actual zombie conflict." (Pill Hill Press; Gone With the Dirt Anthology)

08/31/10: "Thank you for submitting your story, "Their Graves Were Dug", to Daily Science Fiction. Unfortunately, we have decided not to publish it. To date, we have reviewed many strong stories that we did not take. Either the fit was wrong or we'd just taken tales with a similar theme or any of a half dozen other reasons. Best success selling this story elsewhere."

11/03/10: "Thank you for allowing Shimmer to consider "Among Roses," but I'm
going to pass on this one. Overall, I simply didn't feel this story covered enough new ground for
Shimmer's liking. Best of luck with this one!"

11/15/10: "Thank you for sending a story ("Their Graves Were Dug") for the anthology. Though well-written, this one didn't quite work for me. I'm going to pass." (Jason Sizemore, don't remember where.)

12/17/10: "Thank you for offering your story ("Their Graves Were Dug") to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. We're sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere."


2011
01/12/11: "Thanks for sending "Their Graved were Dug" for us to consider. Regretfully, I've decided against recommending it for publication. Good luck in the quest to find a home for this tale. (Apex)

02/03/11: "Thank you for your submission. ("Their Graves Were Dug") I enjoyed your story but unfortunately the length is going to be an issue. The minimum word count is something we need to maintain for this book. If you decide to expand the story and resubmit I would be very happy to reconsider adding it to the anthology."
"I am glad you will be resubmitting you story. March 30th is the deadline but if you need a few extra days let me know. We are somewhat flexible with the schedule we set for this book."

"Thanks for resubmitting. I enjoyed your story a lot. We would like to include it in the book. I will be in touch in the next couple of weeks to take care of arrangements to include the book. Thanks for all of your hard work." (Publisher fell through.)
 

02/27/11: "Sorry it has taken so long to get back with you. Submissions increased tremendously in 2010 with the announcement of our pro rates. Thank you for letting us see "Their Graves Were Dug," but we are going to pass on it. The tale didn't grab our attention I'm afraid." (Dark Discoveries) (Received rejection a few months after I withdrew the story.)

06/17/11: "I'm happy to tell you that your submission ("My Mother's Revenge") has so made it into the book. Great suspenseful story that paid off at the end beautifully." (Publisher fell through.)

10/08/11: "Thanks very much for sending me Threadbare. Unfortunately, it's not quite right for the anthology, although I enjoyed the tale. Thanks again for your submission." (Attic Toys)

12/02/11: Invitation: "We're looking at putting together a small volume of short stories (1,500 - 2,000 words a piece) to form a complementary collection of fiction to our Kickstarter for The Play's The Thing. In general, we're interested in stories that are about the art of putting on plays or that dramatically rewrite / alter / extend existing Shakespearean plots/tropes. We've already got a number of authors on board for the project, including Eddy Webb, Jess Hartley, and Greg Stolze, but I'd love to see a pitch from you if you have a chance. Here's the page of updates so that you can see what people are already working on: The project pays 2 cents a word, and you first draft would be due by January 1st. Interested?" (Wrote: "A Deed Without a Name")

12/02/11: "Thank you for submitting "Threadbare" to SHOCK TOTEM. Sadly, we regret to inform you that we are declining acceptance at this time. Good luck in placing this submission elsewhere."

12/12/11: "We regret to inform you that your story "Reflection" does not currently meet our needs. We're going to pass. Apex wishes you future writing successes, and to try us again soon."

12/16/11: "Thank you for the opportunity to read "Their Graves Were Dug." Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year. In the future, we'd appreciate it if you formatted the story in standard manuscript format (SMF). We haven't been strictly enforcing this portion of our guidelines, but will be in the near future. You can find out more about SMF here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html" (Clarksworld)


2012
01/11/12: "Thank you for submitting your fiction ("Threadbare") to The Pedestal Magazine. We enjoyed reading it but after careful consideration have decided that we cannot use it at this time. Please feel free to submit other work to us in the future."

01/24/12: "Thank you for submitting "Their Graves Were Dug" for consideration. We regret to inform you that we are declining acceptance at this time. This is no reflection on the quality of your writing. We received nearly 200 submissions for Evil Jester Digest Volume 1 and put tremendous care into selecting the 10 stories that fit best. Limited space available, our standards for acceptance were very high. "

02/12/12: "Thanks for submitting "Threadbare" to One Buck Horror. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite right for us, so we'll have to pass. We wish you the best of luck in placing this story elsewhere."

02/16/12: "Thank you for your submission. ("Their Graves Were Dug") It's a fine story, but I just don't think we'll be able to get into the anthology as it's shaping up right now." (Anthology)

06/13/12: Invitation: "Hey Crystal! We're currently running a Kickstarter for our new game, Our Last Best Hope. Our new stretch goal, $10,000, will be another short story anthology. We'd love to have you contribute another short story, but this time apocalypse focused. We're looking for a piece that's approximately 2,500 words for a flat-rate of $50, 50% payable upon first submission and 50% payable when we accept the piece. You interested?" (Response to my pitch: "Awesome. I love it. Do you have a title? I'd love to send you a contract.") Wrote "No Tears to Spare".

06/16/13: "Thank you for sending us "Their Graves Were Dug" for consideration. We appreciate the chance to read it, but unfortunately this one isn't for us. Please feel free to try us again in the future. Best of luck with your work, and thanks again." (Cemetery Dance)

06/20/12: Sent in pitch, "Your concept interests me. Let's see what you've got." Submitted, and after awhile: "We are going to include your story "On the Wall" in the Death to the Brothers Grimm anthology. I will send you a contract by the end of the week. I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for your patience. I'll be setting up a FB group for the contributing authors. You should receive an invitation soon."

07/12/12: "Your story, "Reflection", was not selected to be in the Mistresses of the Macabre anthology. So congrats, you’re in the majority! I know, that doesn't help. This doesn’t mean your story wasn’t well written, but if I took everyone’s story, I would have about 5 anthologies that needed publication! It simply means that your story is not what we were looking for THIS time. Keep your writing passion alive and please continue to nurture your gift. I look forward to getting submissions from you in the future."

07/13/12: "Sorry for the "form letter" but I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that this story ("Their Graves Were Dug") has made it through the first round of selections for Mistresses of the Macabre. I will be going through them again in order to make more cuts (I can only take about 15 stories out of the 200+ submissions we got), but I need a couple of days off in order to look at the stories with fresh eyes. I appreciate your patience with me. But now at least you have half a clue on where your story stands!"

07/30/12: "I am sorry to inform you that we will not be using your story "Their Graves Were Dug" in our Mistresses of the Macabre anthology. I had over 250 stories to go through to get it down to the 18 stories that made it into the collection. It was a really hard decision to make. This is not at all a comment on your writing ability since you had to have something special to make it past the first round. I look forward to reading more from you in the future."

08/30/12: "Thank-you for your submission to Scape. ("Their Graves Were Dug") Unfortunately, we won't be publishing this story. We receive many more submissions than we can publish and therefore have to pass on quite a few interesting pieces. All the best for placing this elsewhere."

12/22/12: "I think the story ("Their Graves Were Dug") has a great deal going for it. But, in a book filled with other zombie stories, the twist at the end is not unexpected or profound. The story would work better in a different anthology. So I am going to pass." (Zombies: Shambling Through History Anthology)


2013
04/03/13: "Thank you for your interest in Firbolg Publishing; submissions like yours are what keep our press going. While we read your recent submission ("Suffer No More") with great interest and attention, unfortunately it wasn't quite right for our current project. However, Firbolg always has new projects in the work, and we highly encourage you to submit again for future anthologies. We would love to see a submission for our current project The Rogues Gallery."

05/28/13: "Thank you for your submission to Lamplight Magazine. We regret that we are unable to publish "Suffer No More" We are grateful for the opportunity to consider it, and we wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere. "

06/30/13: Thank you for your submission to Dark Bits. We regret that we are unable to publish "My Mother's Revenge" We are grateful for the opportunity to consider it, and we wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere."

07/08/13: "Thank you for your submission to our children’s cancer anthology, Bleed. It is so wonderful to know that so many people are willing to help donate to such a worthwhile cause. We got an outpouring of submissions and it was very difficult to choose the stories that were to make the final table of contents. We are sorry to say that your story "Yesterday" was not chosen. It’s not that it was a bad story or wasn’t well written, because it was. We wish we could have accepted every story given to us, but then the book would be about 1000 pages and no one would be able to pick it up to read it! This is honestly the worst part of putting an anthology together. We hope to see writing from you again in the future."

07/09/13: "Thanks for submitting "Yesterday," but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way." (Nightmare Magazine)

07/09/13: "Response time varies but yours was a quick story and I really enjoyed it. We would love to offer an acceptance of your piece "My Mother's Revenge"! It was a delightful read, quirky and fun with just the right amount of horror. Thank you again for your submission, it will be appearing in the August publication of The Carnage Conservatory. We publish several pieces at a time throughout the month on Tuesdays and Fridays, I will let you know when your piece is up, most likely it will be published Friday, August 2nd. Have a fabulous week and WELCOME TO THE CARNAGE!"

07/13/13: "We are pleased to accept your flash submission ("Forever Young") for the January release of Rogues Gallery. As the release date nears, I will be sending out announcements to all the contributors with a PDF copy as well."

07/22/13: "Thank you for sending us "Yesterday". Although it's not the right fit for Interfictions, we're glad you thought of us. We wish you the best of luck placing this piece elsewhere."

08/08/13: "Thank you for the opportunity to read "A Special Brew." Unfortunately, it isn't quite what I'm looking for at this time. Sorry about the bad news, and I hope you'll sell this story at the next market." (UFO Publishing)

08/09/13: "We thank you very much for your submission to Gothic Blue Book III. ("Their Graves Were Dug") After careful review of your story we have decided to pass. We thank you very much for your interest and support. We wish you the very best.

08/09/13: "Thank you for sending us "Suffer No More". We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us. Thanks again. We wish you the best of luck with this."

08/27/13: "Thank you for submitting to Fearful Symmetries. I'm afraid that your story ("Threadbare") isn't quite what I'm looking for. Sorry, and good luck selling it elsewhere."

09/10/13: "Thank you for submitting "The Apple of her Eye" to Tell Me a Fable. While we enjoyed reading it, we are going to pass on it for publication. The beheading sequence in the beginning seems off, as we'd hope a child could tell a corpse from a live person, and the reactions seemed off."

10/05/13: "Dear Crystal, thanks for sending this one ("A Special Brew"), but it didn't quite grab me. I do wish you luck placing it elsewhere." (Mythic Delirium)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Who doesn't love a chance at FREE books?

On August 1st Nightscape Press will be kicking off the month with a massive giveaway! (Yay!)You could win a trade paperback copy of Butterfly Potion by Trent Zelazny AND all 2012 and 2013  (current and future) Nightscape Press titles. (E-book format for those.) There are many ways to win and who knows, you could be the lucky one! (This contest will run from 12:00 A.M. PST 8/1/2013 through 12:00 A.M. PST 9/1/13) you can enter directly from our page, the Butterfly Potion page, or our website!

And just for you unlucky ones, Butterfly Potion will be available in Kindle Format for only $0.99, all month!

This is the first of our monthly giveaways so be sure to come back for more.





 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I couldn't sleep so...Retrospective Blog Post!

I learned quite a lot at InCONjunction and I don't think I went into much detail in my last few posts.

I mean, right, I can talk to people, I can sell, I can do everything...blah, blah, blah. That's all well and fine but there was EVEN MORE self-validation that weekend! Yay!

-I'm a book reviewer.

Before the con I just thought "I'm a writer who reviews books." but I am a book reviewer AND a writer. My first paying job (involving book reviewing) was for a, now defunct, website. My second review job was with Fantasy Magazine (before they merged with Lightspeed), and now I write for Horror Novel Reviews.

I'm pretty sure my quick wit and charming personality got me the job slushing for Nightscape Press but my reviewing skills make me hella good at it. Though, I tend to be a bit more vicious with slush than I am with reviews. Slush is basically writing reviews for books that have yet to be published. (There's a bit more to it than that but you get the point, right?)

-I know horror.

I would classify what I write as "dark fantasy" so I had some misgivings about being on a panel discussing Horror writing but I know what horror is and how to achieve the desired effect. As my Slush Buddy said "You know your shit." (This is one thing that could be considered "subjective" but this is my blog so it's all about ME and MY opinions. If you don't agree then write your own.)

Also, if I write for a horror website, slush for a horror press, and am a member of the HWA, I think that qualifies me to talk about horror.

-I have some good ideas.

I do! I can give interesting and helpful suggestions on overcoming writer's block. That panel had the largest turn out and I was so nervous but I managed to speak without my voice shaking, too much.

I'm not the most experienced anything (writer, reviewer, slusher, whatever) but I have learned a lot since I began researching the publishing industry (2010) and submitting (2012).

I'm finally getting my feet off the ground and I can tell you that most of my progress involved creating my own opportunities. Maybe I'll write about that sometime, "How to Make Your Own Opportunities (without being an douche-nugget)".

So, yeah. I probably think that this post is better than it actually is, I've yet to sleep so I'm sick AND tired, but I tried. Feel free to ask any writing/reviewing/slushing/whatever questions if you have any, maybe I can help, maybe not.

Goodnight!
 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Another Acceptance (a.k.a. I Suck at Blog Titles)

And yet another acceptance! "Forever Young", a flash fiction piece, has been accepted by Firbolg Press for their Rouges Gallery publication. (January issue.)

Now, when I first began writing seriously I proclaimed that I wouldn't just give my stories away, save for charity, but this makes two stories that I am not being compensated for, call it a calculated decision.

Reasons:

1. They are both flash fiction pieces of about 500 words each.
2. They were practically effortless to write. I didn't spend hours agonizing over word placement or plot development or anything. I just wrote the story.
3. I like idea behind both of the publications. (The Carnage Conservatory does not shy away from the gruesome or sex.)
4. It will be nice to have something short, free, and online to direct people to if they want to sample some of my work.
5. I received this rejection from Firbolg Publishing in April; "Thank you for your interest in Firbolg Publishing; submissions like yours are what keep our press going. While we read your recent submission with great interest and attention, unfortunately it wasn't quite right for our current project. However, Firbolg always has new projects in the work, and we highly encourage you to submit again for future anthologies. We would love to see a submission for our current project The Rogues Gallery." so I wrote and submitted a story for The Rouges Gallery. My hope is that this acceptance will open up more opportunities with this publisher.
Okay. I feel better now. Lists are great, don't you think? :)

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Curiosity becomes a heavy load..."

Acceptance:

"My Mother's Revenge" from The Carnage Conservatory
          The Letter: Response time varies but yours was a quick story and I really enjoyed it. We would love to offer an acceptance of your piece "My Mother's Revenge"! It was a delightful read, quirky and fun with just the right amount of horror. Thank you again for your submission, it will be appearing in the August publication of The Carnage Conservatory."

Other updates:

"Threadbare" is still out at the Fearful Symmetries anthology
"Their Graves Were Dug" is at Gothic Blue Book (Vol. 3)
"Yesterday" is at Interfictions

Form Rejections:

"Their Graves Were Dug" from Cemetery Dance
"Suffer No More" from Lamplight
"My Mother's Revenge" from Dark Bits
"Yesterday" from Nightmare Magazine

Personal Rejections:

"Suffer No More" from Enter at Your Own Risk: Dark Muses
          The Letter: Thank you for your interest in Firbolg Publishing; submissions like yours are what keep our press going. While we read your recent submission with great interest and attention, unfortunately it wasn't quite right for our current project. However, Firbolg always has new projects in the work, and we highly encourage you to submit again for future anthologies. We would love to see a submission for our current project The Rogues Gallery.

"Yesterday" from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
          The Letter: Thank you for your submission to our children’s cancer anthology, Bleed. It is so wonderful to know that so many people are willing to help donate to such a worthwhile cause.  We got an outpouring of submissions and it was very difficult to choose the stories that were to make the final table of contents. We are sorry to say that your story “Yesterday” was not chosen.  It’s not that it was a bad story or wasn’t well written, because it was. We wish we could have accepted every story given to us, but then the book would be about 1000 pages and no one would be able to pick it up to read it! This is honestly the worst part of putting an anthology together. We hope to see writing from you again in the future.

Starting a new story tonight...finishing it tonight too so I can submit it tomorrow. I'll let you know how that goes.