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Also they think my mother dresses me funny. [Apr. 13th, 2012|06:21 am]
Marissa Lingen
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But they are wrong; I dress myself this way.

I just got a rejection from a market from which I have no active submissions. Sadly it's not one of those lovely organized ones that gives you a submission tracking number or replies directly to an e-mail, so I can't see what was rejected. They just will not be able to use "your story." (It's a fairly limited market, so I'm absolutely sure I have no active submissions there.)

This is one of the times where it's really good to be experienced in the business, because I can shrug and go, "Either staff turnover or computer glitch," and joke about really REALLY not wanting whatever I sent them last (I believe I had a hat?) and move on with my life rather than panicking about what I did wroooooong to get rejected twice, so emphatically, maybe they want me to never submit there again even though they've published me before, or, OMG, maybe I accidentally submitted something that was totally wrong for them and now they hate me OMG, and...seriously, folks. This is one of the reasons being 80+ story sales into your career is so much better. Not everything is tinged with frightful significance. Editors are human, publishers are human, and they have moments of confusion and computer malfunction, and everybody goes on without the obligatory panic and overthinking.

I post this even though the people who are still in the panic and overthinking stage will probably have to get through that stage themselves, with their own experience rather than mine, just to say: hey. You, too, can come out the other side and mutter, "Mornin', Ralph. Rough day, huh?" at the editors. It will be okay.
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2012-04-13 12:03 pm (UTC)
It's good to have the equanimity, or the basis for same.
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[User Picture]From: michaeldthomas
2012-04-13 12:24 pm (UTC)
It wasn't us, right?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-04-13 12:27 pm (UTC)
Hee, no, nothing to do with you.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-04-13 12:27 pm (UTC)
(Mornin', Ralph.)

(Rough day anyway despite not double-rejecting me?)
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[User Picture]From: sksperry
2012-04-13 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to wonder if agents and publishers have caught on to me, and are sending me preemptive rejections. "Dear Mr. Perry, we've heard you've written a new book and would just like to take this opportunity to say 'Don't bother'. Thanks."

Edited at 2012-04-13 01:16 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-04-13 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ha. :D
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-04-13 07:06 pm (UTC)
That is a much friendlier universe than the universe in which they are likely to say to most writers, "Uh, who?"
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[User Picture]From: scott_lynch
2012-04-13 06:02 pm (UTC)
"Phantom pre-rejection" is definitely one of the coolest feathers for a writer's cap I've heard of in a long time. Ain't nothin' like this ever happened to me... ;)
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2012-04-14 06:29 am (UTC)
Heh. I got an email recently trying to recruit me for a job position, where by "me" I mean "someone who apparently has a similar name and a LinkedIn profile".

Yes, it was for a computer-related job, but the email was clearly meant for someone who:
- works (or recently worked) for a company I have never worked for
- in a city on the wrong side of the continent
- in a role which is not a role I have ever worked in

and, the kicker:
- was interested in coming to work for my current employer.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-04-14 11:02 am (UTC)
"Would you, CKD, like to get paychecks from $current employer?" "Uh, yes. Yes I would. Preferably without interruption."
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