Publisher Rant

My friends are probably sick and tired of me complaining and whining about this so now you – the reader – will be subjected to it.

Here are the details. I submitted a short story to a publisher (who shall remain nameless) the middle of May 2012. Being the overachiever that I am, I submitted over thirty days prior to the submission deadline.

Now begins the rant . . . the deadline came and went. August came and went. September came and went. By the end of September I was just a bit frustrated so I checked the submission guidelines. Authors are allowed to query on their story after the first of September. Whoo hoo! Works for me. So, I sent an email . . . that was over two weeks ago. Do you think I’ve heard anything?? I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count (one of my mom’s sayings). Nope. Nada. Crickets, in fact.

I’m in a sticky spot now. I would like to shop for another publisher (yes, I missed out on patience when they were handing it out), but the submission page also said no simultaneous submissions. I feel like I’m caught between a rock and a hard place.

Is it normal for publishers to not respond to email queries? I would have been happy with a “We are still reviewing stories. Expect to have an answer [insert timeframe].” Yeah. Not so much.

Time continues to pass as my story sits in limbo. If only I could shelve my frustration and learn some patience.

Tick. Tock.

 

Photo courtesy of Flickr’s WANA Commons by cellar_door_films.

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  1. The first thing you should do is check their submission guidelines again. Do they respond to every inquiry? Or do they have a policy where if you don’t hear from them within a certain amount of time you can assume they’ve passed on your book? I’ve found a lot of publishers do this.

    You’ve sent them a follow up email and still haven’t heard anything and you’re fast approaching the six month mark on this story. I say start submitting it elsewhere. As a courtesy you could send this publisher an email stating that you are respectfully withdrawing your submission, but that’s your call.

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