Thursday, August 03, 2006

An Encouraging Rejection

As all three or four, or maybe, sometimes five, reasonably regular readers of my blog know, I wrote a story about a man named Jesse. The story, Jesse's Gift, had been revised to a fare-thee-well. I sent it to PRISM International in April and hoped it would fare well.

Today, my SASE to PRISM came back to me. I could see that the piece of paper in the envelope wasn't even a letter size reply. Oh great, I thought, just one of those notes that says sorry and they've conserved paper by giving me toilet-tissue size response. Well, the editor does say no. But, below the - We receive many excellent submissions but due to space constraints we're unable to publish them all, etc. Please try us again in the future - he added a hand-written note.

"This story of full of detail. It is visceral and sensual and beautifully depicted. I like how this depiction relates to the characters and the worlds that they live in. Thanks so much for the strong submission."

According to other writers, getting a personal note from an editor of a first rank magazine like PRISM is a very good sign. So, I'll have to put on my market research hat and find another place to send it.

18 comments:

Susan said...

Way to go, Diane!! I'm not familiar with the story you submitted, but I know that all of your work is wonderfully detailed and visual. Congratulations on receiving a handwritten note from the editor of such a prestigious publication. Let's not think of it as a rejection, but a return :)

Jenn said...

That's tremendous, Diane! Not only did you receive a personal comment, but what a great comment it was!

How come Susan and I aren't familiar with this story? (At least, I assume its the same Susan)

Jenn

Nicole said...

That sounds like a good sign, Diane, even if it's not a "yes we want it". Good luck, and keep it up!

Susan said...

I just read a comment by author, Susan Wigg, in which she states that we ought to think of "rejections" as "invitations to submit elsewhere." That puts a different spin on it, too :)

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