January 24th, 2006
|07:05 pm - Hrrrumph.|
So anyway. On a lark one night, I e-submitted a story to this new online magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. I finally got a response, in the form of:
(from) "Assistant Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for offering your story to Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. We're sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere.
Man, that has to be one of the most impersonal, unhelpful rejections I've seen in ages. Probably an automated script. I really didn't feel like there was any sort of humanizing, personal touch (like, say, a name). Nothing to indicate they ever saw or read my story. Nothing to indicate they noticed I was there. That's disappointing. I don't ask for much out of my rejections, just a little something to suggest there's a person on the other end. Meh.
Actually, looking around the site (http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/), it's pretty hard to tell who's running the show at all. Anyone know anything about this? They have columns and stories, but who the heck's in charge? Or is it a bizarre collective known simply as "The Editors"? The mind wonders...
Current Mood: curious
I'm guessing they never read the part of Isaac Asimov's autobiography where he talked about how good it is to write an actual "why" when sending rejection slips.
One of these days I'll dig out my file of rejection letters from Marvel Comics for ya. They range from the impersonal (much like the one you listed above) to the thanks-but-no-thanks pat-on-the-back variety, to one or two where they actually acknowledged the material itself. Fun stuff.
Keep plugging away, big guy.
That sucks. Keep going big brother...oh, and HA! I found you. Thanks Jeremy!
Hm. Could just me a manpower issue. Speaking from experience, having an open submissions policy results in an inundation of material...
The editor's name is Kathleen Bellamy (she commissioned me to illustrate Scott's story in issue #2), and she's been pretty pleasant. I'd say just keep at it... It's shaping up to be a really decent venue.