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February 9th, 2011


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03:47 pm - Looking For Advice
The Scheherazade's Facade saga continues, though it does so with a complete lack of news at the moment. I know this is as frustrating to the contributors as it is to me, and I wish I had something to say. As it is, I'm reaching out to my friends and their infinite store of knowledge, to get advice on what I should do regarding one aspect of the problem.

Back in October, I queried two mid-level publishers, asking if this project is something they'd want to look at, and explaining why this isn't your usual random proposal. (i.e. "I have a full anthology with stories already in hand and you've probably heard of my contributors, let's talk.") I've sent regular followup queries ever since. One publisher has maintained complete radio silence. The other responded only to tell me to read their submissions guidelines (rather curtly, I felt) in a way that suggested they didn't get what I was after. (Why waste time submitting the full thing if I can figure out ahead of time if the publisher's even receptive/has the budget/handles this sort of thing/is interested?) (And when I replied to explain why I'd queried like I had - their own guidelines say to query with questions - that was the last I heard from them.)

So four months later, here I am, wondering what to do about these two. Do I:
A) Send them one last query with a specific deadline for response, and write them off if I never hear back?
B)Throw caution to the wind and send the whole manuscript via whatever channels they allow?
C)Say 'screw it' and write them off without bothering them anymore?
D)Find a specific person to contact and try to establish a personal rapport?
E)Get drunk and swear off editing projects until I'm famous and/or wearing a Mike Resnick mask?
F)Other alternative to be explained below.


Every other publisher I've tried so far has responded in a relatively reasonable amount of time, so I'm not sure what sort of timeframe is logical/polite/feasible anymore. If they're going to tell me 'no' I'd really like to know sooner rather than later, after all.

Thanks, folks. Back to your regularly scheduled afternoon programming.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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From:sartorias
Date:February 9th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Talk to the editor at a con, maybe?
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:February 10th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately, I don't think my con plans and theirs coincide anytime soon, and I'd like to get an answer sometime in the near future. :(
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From:minion
Date:February 9th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Find a name on their website and call them. It's harder to give someone the run around from the phone. :) Been there done that with assorted AAG projects.

That said I also say give them a deadline and if you don't hear back then write them off. If they don't respond to a query in a reasonable amount of time even if it's a, "We're super busy we'll respond in X weeks/months/decades," then probably they'd be a pain to work with anyway.
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From:laurenpburka
Date:February 11th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm with minion here. If they don't have the resources to write you back, they won't have the resources to print your book.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:February 11th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I dropped both of them a "I need to know by..." mail and have already garnered one more rejection for the pile. Sigh. At least it's an answer.

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