It only took a week from the moment of query to the moment of rejection. *sigh*
While I’m bummed out as I really would love to work with this agent, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on and see what happens next. I think my next stop will be Barnes and Noble where I’ll pick up the 2011 Publishers Marketplace book and start digging through it for leads on agents to query.
Then again, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference registration opens up tomorrow. I’ll definitely check out the list of agents that will be there and see if I can land a pitch appointment or two.
The query that I sent off on Christmas Day was rejected last night. That’s a four day turn around time. That’s fantastic for an agent where some of them (through no fault of their own due to their ever-increasing workload) are required to make writers wait weeks or months. I’m very happy for the quick response, but the rejection stings a little. They all do. No need for me to pick myself up off the floor, though. I’m ready to move on to other agents and continue querying.
Oh. The text of the rejection? Here it is:
Thank you for your submission. At this time I am not interested.
I’ve neglected my web site for the past two months and it shows. I have news about the partial that was requested by the agent: rejection. I’m not sure why it was rejected because all I received was a form letter with a customized apology for not being interested. I wish I knew why it was turned down, but I guess I’ll never know. I’m fully aware that agents are way too busy for follow-up emails and advice to people (other than their clients) and such. I’m not going to pester the agent about her choice. I’ll just accept it and move on.
The rejection was almost two months ago, and I haven’t really written much since then. It’s not because of the rejection… that only bummed me out for a few days. It’s just that life caught up to me and I haven’t had the time I used to have to dedicate to writing. I know that’s a lame excuse, but I’m using it for the moment.
I do feel the itch to write coming back very strongly, so in the very near future, I’ll carve out some time for myself and get back to writing at the furious pace that I’m accustomed to.
A few days ago I received a rejection notice (and one of the better ones!) from PseudoPod. I had submitted ZOMBIE C.L.O.W.N.S. to them and their very nice letter said the story was too humorous for their market, and the letter used the plural words “we” and “us.” This meant I made it past the slush pile and was, most likely, given serious consideration. I’m very pleased to have advanced even that far, and I hope to find new markets for the humorous/horror short story in the near future.
Why is this a trifecta? Well, this marks the third rejection from Escape Artists, Inc. My first rejection from them was for AUTOPULSE from EscapePod. The second rejection came for WHISPERING THROUGH THE VEIL from PodCastle (which was subsequently published in Static Movement a month later.) The third rejection of the trifecta is the one that I’m talking about from PseudoPod. I love the work that Stephen Eley started with EscapePod and that continues on with PseudoPod and PodCastle, and I still hope to someday join the ranks of a writer that has his work appear on one of those fine venues.
If you’re not sure what’s up with Escape Artists, then I’ll give you the quick blurb. They are one of the premier markets for free short fiction (though they do pay their authors via donations from the general public.) EscapePod handles the science fiction market. PseudoPod is the horror arena, and PodCastle, the newest of the three, takes care of the fantasy genre. If you’re interested in some of the best stories in the world in any of these three genres, I strongly urge you to follow the links above and check them out. I’ve been listening to them all (from episode #1) for a little over a year now. I’m completely caught up with PodCastle and PseudoPod, and I’m a little under a year behind on EscapePod because it had the longest lead on me than the other two. I can’t wait to catch up to the current-day stories to see how the future has changed.