« December 1998 | Main | February 1999 »

January 29, 1999

Dark Regions Rejection

A polite 9 day rejection from Dark Regions.

January 26, 1999

Email No From Gothic.net

A 20 day email rejection from the pro-paying and slick looking webzine, Gothic.net.

January 23, 1999

Reject From SF Age

An 18 day "Dear Potential Contributor" rejection note from Science Fiction Age. SF Age is impersonal but prompt in their rejections. Someday I hope to find out what their acceptances are like...

January 21, 1999

Scavenger's Newsletter

No returns today, but I did receive a copy of Scavenger's Newsletter, a publication that covers the small press end of the speculative fiction magazine market. As I don't recall subscribing, I am confused, but pleased. Hmm. Will have to see if it repeats itself. P'raps it was a fluke.

January 20, 1999

No From Speculative Poetry

A 13 day return from the Magazine of Speculative Poetry. Poetry won't make you rich, and the rejections are just as annoying/painful. Fooey.

January 19, 1999

Alas From F&SF

After the three day weekend, a 12 day alas from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

January 11, 1999

Official "Crank! Is Dead" Letter

Got my official Crank! is ceasing publication letter in the mail today. Good thing too, I was beginning to feel left out. Shame about Crank!, really. Any editor who starts his rejection letters advising writers to kill their television sets can't be all bad.

January 10, 1999

Email Rejection From Star*Line

A 5 day friendly email rejection from Star*Line. Said he liked the poems I submitted, but not enough to buy them. Curses.

January 09, 1999

Crank! Goes Under

Heard on the SFF newsgroups this evening that Bryan Cholfin of Crank! magazine has decided to fold up the magazine's tent. Drat. Had a story out to him and now I need to find another place to send it. Wondered why I hadn't heard from him about it...

January 04, 1999

Great Big Stinkin' Pile Of Mail

Well, since I've finally been able to pick up my mail I now have a very large pile of returns. Since I'm not sure when they came back, I'll just quote who I heard from and how they sounded:

  • Form slip rejections from The Urbanite and Pirate Writings, saying nothing except 'NO'.

  • Personalized letter rejects from Star*Line, Dreams of Decadence, and Dark Regions, all saying they liked my stuff, but not enough to buy it.

  • Mail returned from Science Fiction Age. Some strange expired forwarding address label slapped on it. Hmm.

  • Letter from Writer's Block Magazine, stating that their Fall/Winter 98 issue (which will contain a short-short story by me, titled "The Wish") has been changed into their Spring/Summer 99 issue. Be out March 30. This is fine with me, as I thought they'd gone under. Better late than never.

  • Email from Storisende, saying they aren't buying sword & sorcery stories right now, only hard SF.

  • Email from Kurt Roth's Age of Reason anthology, saying he enjoyed my story. It's now sitting on his hold pile for a couple more weeks while he considers it further.
Sheesh. Let the mail build for a couple weeks and look what happens. Other mail included bills, magazines, junk flyers, and no less than five entries into the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Apparently no one has a better chance at winning than my wife. Make of that what you will.

January 01, 1999

Attack Of The Cliches

A new year, a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate, a blank canvas, a tabula rasa. Also a holiday, and since the post office here is closed weekends, I can't get pick up my mail from vacation until Monday. Aiee!