As I said to Wendy tonight

I have started a love letter that is actually a story. Or a story that is actually a love letter. Either way, I think it’s definitely worth writing, and maybe even worth reading.

We’ll see.

Meanwhile: According to Duotrope, I’ve had stories out for 198, 78, 78, and 13 days. One of those 78s is driving me crazy, because the stated turnaround time is 20-30. Le sigh. I could query, but I would hate to be that person who queries and irritates the editor and gets an annoyed rejection as a result. So I’ll wait.

Nearly a year without a pro sale.¬†As Wendy pointed out recently, March was a long time ago. (February in my case.) Still, I’m buoyed right now. Diving back into Lightspeed, working on novels and short stories, settling into a new life of heretofore unknown comfort and domestic happiness.

I’ll try to get back to blogging here more regularly. If you’re itching for writing-related posts, add Inkpunks to your RSS feed. I blog there once a month, along with a mess of amazing newly-pro writers and editors, who I count among my dearest friends.

That’s what I’m up to. How about you?


3 thoughts on “As I said to Wendy tonight”

  1. I have had a story out at a place with a published response time of 20-30 days (I wonder if it is the same place). My story has been out for 120 days. I queried at around 78 days and got a very nice response. Queried again around Christmas and yesterday got an apologetic note saying that my story was assigned to another editor and that I should hear something back within a week. I don’t think it hurts to query if you are polite about it.

  2. Gah, story of our lives, right? Surely there’s some tasty patience cake out there that we can eat.

    In the meantime, neat about that love story! Nothing beats love letters that are stories, too.

  3. Christie, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve recovered from that other post and have started writing again.

    If someone has had your story for more than twice as long as they said they would, it’s definitely time to query. You’re not being annoying, they’re being unprofessional. That’s assuming that the story or response didn’t get lost in the shuffle. If that happened, you’re burning time with that story, as it could be with an editor right now, but it’s not. I lost an entire year because I didn’t want to stir up the folks at The New Yorker. Turned out, the story got lost somewhere and they asked me to send it again.

    A polite, “Could you please tell me the status of my story?” is all that it takes

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