That old double-edged sword

The down­side to sub­mit­ting sto­ries to poten­tial mar­kets elec­tron­i­cal­ly is that you can get reject­ed pret­ty damn fast. The upside to sub­mit­ting elec­tron­i­cal­ly is that you can get reject­ed fast, so you’re not sit­ting for three months, wondering.

Neo-Opsis did­n’t want “Out­side, Look­ing In”. Appar­ent­ly the sto­ry was too sneaky and underhanded:

[It] seems to be done in an art­sy style that keeps the read­er guess­ing about what is real­ly hap­pen­ing. This style can make it dif­fi­cult for some read­ers to get into a sto­ry. Often read­ers need some thread to hold onto, some­thing they can under­stand and relate to, that will take them through the unusual.

Well, that’s kind of my style. I like to play my cards close to my vest, as they say.

Oh well. On to the next one.

Lat­er—Sub­mit­ted to Son & Foe. Hope­ful­ly it goes well…

2 thoughts on “That old double-edged sword

  1. Haven’t heard of Son & Foe.

    Per­son­al­ly, I’m delight­ed when I get that sort of detailed feed­back. Beats hell out of Strange Hori­zons, who sent me (4 months late) their stan­dard ‘sor­ry, not for us’ let­ter, along with a lec­ture as to how I should have queried them after 60 days, etc., etc.

  2. I heard about them here; appar­ent­ly they’re still in pre-pro­duc­tion for their first issue. I haven’t heard any­thing yet…

    As far as Strange Hori­zons, I haven’t had prob­lems with them yet. They’ve always been fair­ly prompt. Too prompt, in one case (the one where they found my sto­ry in the Google cache of a Writ­ers’ BBS page…)

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