Yesterday I submitted a story to Strange Horizons.
Mostly, when I write stories, I just post them here. But this time, I felt like branching out. I decided to send it to some sci fi magazines and see what happens. The worst they can do is say no.
And now, we wait.
Strange Horizons says they usually respond in three weeks, and always within 40 days. So one down, 39 to go.
Yeah, I’m nervous. I’ve done this kind of thing before, but not all that often. The worst they can do is say no, but we writers are a narcissistic breed. “No”s hurt.
Yet the publishing world is set up in such a way that you get a lot of “no”s. It’s nothing personal, just how the game works. I’d like to get published in Strange Horizons, but if I can’t, I’ll submit again somewhere else – and again, and again.
And if this story can’t find a home, that’s okay too. I’ll post it on the blog. I’m already thinking up ideas for my next one.
Win or lose, it’s good to be back in the game. Writing exists to be read, and writers live to be published. Let’s see what happens.