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Rejectomancy

Anyone know any tricks for Asimovs? I'm in my third month here waiting for a reply on a submission sent near the end of March. While I'm resigned to the fact that the writing business is a slow business, usually, it's so easy to grow old waiting for replies. Especially when you're trying to break into the business and postal rates went up in May and you know you put the right 39¢ postage for a reply on the March submission. Sigh.

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jimvanpelt
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
90 days is about right for Asimov's. I'd give it another 10 days and then query.

I don't know if Sheila is doing all her own reading or if she's getting help. Generally, though, a longer reply time from them is indicative of them spending more time with the story (I imagine a "stories for further consideration" pile).

Good luck.
stevenagy
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
That's what I was hoping. If it was me going through the slush pile, knowing the postal rate increase was coming in May, I'd knock through what I could and save myself postage on those form rejections I could make before the changeover.
splinister
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid Steven that Asimov's takes so long for a reply that a number of people I know no longer sub to it.

Duotrope quotes the average response at 98.9 days, but the longest at 175 days. Ralan gives them a more generous 65 day average response, and their maximum is 156 days.

This is the official statement: "Our response time runs about five weeks. If you have not heard from us within three months from the day you mailed your ms., you can assume it was lost in the mail, and are welcome to resubmit it to us." Apparently there is no point in querying Asimov's (from what I've heard from others), as you will just be told to re-submit.

I'm afraid, mostly I'm hearing of 100+ response times (the magazine gets 300-500 submissions every month). I hope the company stocked up on a lot of stamps, because you won't be the only one with that particular problem...
the_flea_king
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
All of my submissions in recent memory have taken around 5-6 months to get back. I no longer submit there, mostly because I've decided that I only submit to places that take electronic submissions.
stevenagy
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Depending on response times, submission methods, and pay I'll try to structure what I send out and when, working my way down through the appropriate markets. I'm still on the pro circuit for this story, and I hadn't pinged Asimovs yet.

As for e-subs only ... I just sent a story off to Interzone on the tail end of their open period. For all I know I'm number 499 of the 499 they received during May. :-)

Personally, I preferred to receive snail submissions when I was working for Marsdust. It was my theory (completely unproven and my opinion) that email submissions opened the door to quick, raw submissions. You still got those through snail mail, but since there was money involved from postage, people were less likely to dash an unfinished and raw story.
stevenagy
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
I love the post office. Deal with it every day since the software company were I work has circulation software newspapers use to generate labels and postal reports. The stories are just as bad as you would expect when people talk about using CD drives as coffee holders or pointing their mouse's tail toward them so it points its "nose" toward the screen. :-)

Thanks for the input. Luckily, I'm patient enough to wait. Just need to throw pebbles into the pond every once in a while to see what kind of ripples it creates.
ogre_san
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I just got one back after about 4 months. It's not unusual.
stevenagy
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Thanks.
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stevenagy
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
beth_bernobich
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
fyi, Sheila recently assured me that they were adding the necessary postage to account for the rate hike.
stevenagy
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I figured they would do so. But rejectomancy is so much fun. ;-)

My sub is at the 3-month mark. Mailed on March 26. Seems like a reasonable amount of time for a major market. One day at a time.
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