Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waiting on Submissions



Right now I have so many submissions out there and I've been waiting for so long that I feel like the lady in this painting. Only I'm not looking out the window, I'm looking at the computer screen. And I'm not sure who that is in the background behind the curtain? Maybe my husband thinking, what's she so concerned about?

My Rainbow story is with Beneath Ceaseless Skies, a pro magazine that qualifies you for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It's been there for 38 days now, and I see on Duotrope that they've already rejected two other stories that were sent after mine. Average time for rejection=28.2 days. Average time for acceptances=38.5 So I'm waiting and waiting to hear back!

I have three submissions out with Pill Hill Press: My Atlantis story, My Shadows and Light story, and my Necromancer story. I've never sent to them before, so I have no idea what their response will be.

My one and only scary story, titled Reverence, has been at Abandoned Towers for over a hundred days, and I'm waiting on that one as well. I submitted it to their print magazine, and they said it would take longer to decide on that, so I'm waiting to hear back.

What magazines are you waiting on? What's the longest time you've had to wait?

19 comments:

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Wow. Good luck with all those submissions. I've never submitted to a magazine. I wouldn't even know where to begin but know I prob should do it. Maybe you could do a future post on tips and advice for submitting to mags. :) (pretty please)

Aubrie said...

Sure thing! Thanks, Karen.

Cher Green said...

Wow Abrie,

I can say that your Rainbow story sounds like it may be getting a lookie.

Funny you should ask. I'm not ranting and raving. But I had a story sit somewhere for two years. I'd query every few months and get a response back saying it was being considered. Well, in November I inquired and still haven't got a response. Now it's sitting at another publication, sent it out day before yesterday.

Cher Green said...

Oh heck, didn't mean to mess up your name. I usually read over before hitting published.

It's late. This is my last act for the night computer wise. Please forgive me.

Lindsey Duncan said...

I've had multiple cases of a story being held over a year ... including flash fiction. I've currently got one going on eight months. Unfortunately, they said "2-4 more months" three months ago, so I can't even complain. Well, more than I already am. ;-)

My most "pins and needles" right now is I've got a submission to Abyss and Apex from November, and they're apparently going over their second opinion file from that period now.

roxy said...

It is amazing how long it takes to get a response sometimes. I just heard back from an agent I queried six months ago. I'm so impressed by all the work you have out there. That is the true mark of a dedicated writer. Good luck! I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you. :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

My longest, I have one submission with Black Gate that has been out over 200 days. Their response time is much quicker for paper submissions but I find esubmissions to be so much easier. I should probably send them an email just to make sure that the story didn't get lost. That would be just awful!

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

I think if they're holding it longer than normal, that's a GOOD thing!! :) I'm always waiting on somebody. Aren't we all? Right now, I'm waiting for responses on three full-ms requests and three queries.

The longest I've waited was 363 days. Actually, I'd given up and was surprised to see the request to read the full ms come in. Nice surprise, that one.

Angie said...

I love that picture! It captures the feeling so perfectly. I know exactly what you are talking about. I currently have four short stories and my novel that I'm waiting to hear on. I hope you get good news from all your submissions!

Wendy Sparrow said...

I have novels on submission and one in full, and waiting is so hard. I have two queries that are about to hit the "six weeks no response means no" with some agents. Yeah... I'm no good at waiting. Waiting sucks.

Bethany Mattingly said...

Wow, good luck with those! I hope they choose your stuff!

M. Gray said...

Oh my goodness. You've been busy!!!

My favorite thing to do while waiting for feedback or acceptance is to pick up a new book or devour a movie.

Makes the time pass better.

Lisa Rusczyk said...

lol@ picture description and computer screen. Hit the check email button again!

I submitted twice to Pill Hill - both rejected, but quickly, like in a week, so I'd say you're doing well.

Good luck!

I think the longest I waited for submission answer was from Baen, over a year - rejection.

Devon Ellington said...

I'd have to check the submission log to see what's out where. I usually try to keep about a dozen pieces out at a time, but I don't think I have that many out right now.

I'm deep in novel revisions, and I've got some plays commissioned, so I'm not as on top of the short stories as I should be!

Cherie Reich said...

Typically, I haven't had to wait too long for submissions, but I'm a firm believer that the longer they have the story, the more likely they are considering it...or at least that's what I tell myself.

I had to wait seven months to get my acceptance from the All About Eve anthology. I think so far that has been the longest, although my story "Soul Survivor" has been with Abandoned Towers for a long time. I should know something by April. Plus, I have my "Defying Gravity" with Pill Hill Press's Fire & Ice anthology. The deadline for it isn't until December 31, 2010, so I'll likely have to wait until then unless they read it early.

I must admit I hate waiting at times. I'd rather know either way and as soon as possible, but sometimes we must learn patience.

For most anthologies lately, I've been trying to write the story closer to the deadline, so I don't have to wait as long, unless they accept as they go.

I really hope your Rainbow story gets accepted. The longer they have it, the more chance it has for acceptance. *crosses fingers*

Julie said...

I just got word of my very first yes for a magazine publication and the whole process started last Thursday and ended Wednesday (including me writing the 700 word piece) but its a magazine most people have never heard of.

But its exciting. I would love to do more but I'm not sure where a YA writer/gymnastics coach fits in with the magazine world besides the only two gymnastics publications in existence.

Try diving into something new while waiting? When I have to wait for contests I try to pretend I didn't even enter (try being the key word).

Conda V. Douglas said...

It was easier back when we didn't have the sites and how long it took to respond! My longest? Seven years...although I pulled the sub more than once, they ignored it and eventually bought the story!

Julie Dao said...

Aubrie, I can't believe I am not following you! Fixing that right now. You have a beautiful blog and the paintings that you post - gorgeous. I believe the Waterhouse painting of the Lady of Shalott just caught my eye so I'll have to check out that post too :) Good luck with all your submissions! I have only tried submitting to one magazine and got rejected, but I may try some more eventually! Do you look them up on the Internet or hear about them through writer friends? Hope you have a great weekend! :)

KLo said...

I'm impressed with your ability to have so many irons in the fire : ) My fingers are crossed for you. Oh, and I love your connection with the painting ... it's amazing the ways we see ourselves sometimes, isn't it ;)?