SALE to Cricket/Spider . . . and some rejections

I sold “The Tax Collector’s Cow” to either Spider or Cricket, “depending upon which magazine can place the story first”! Spider is another magazine from the Carus stable. And yup, that means another sale at a quarter a word. Woohoo!!

In less good news:

I got a pair of rejections from On Spec‘s guest editor. If I didn’t know he was only a guest editor, I’d be disinclined to submit to them in the future. The comment “I’m sorry, but this is just ‘writing'” bugged me. I’m not quite sure what he was expecting, finger painting? Oh, well.

Also got a nice rejection from Amazing Stories asking to see more. And a “nice writing here but failed to grab” from F&SF.

And I had to write my editor at Tangent again asking him to find another writer for my current review assignment. It’s matociquala‘s “This Tragic Glass” up currently at Sorry, eBear, but I’m afraid I’d be biased writing a review of your work since we’ve exchanged friendly banter on LJ and at the Rumor Mill . . .

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7 Responses to SALE to Cricket/Spider . . . and some rejections

  1. sdowens says:

    Congrats! I need a sale myself soon, this has been a dry month. Send some of that skill my way.

  2. reudaly says:

    The comment “I’m sorry, but this is just ‘writing'” bugged me. I’m not quite sure what he was expecting, finger painting? Oh, well.

    WHAT THE HECK is that supposed to mean? The other stuff I understand – “fail to grab”, etc. But that doesn’t mean ANYTHING – doesn’t SAY anything. What was that editor THINKING?

  3. Pffft. If I distanced myself from reviewing everyone with whom I’d exchanged friendly banter, I’d have very few people worth reading. It’s the same as reviewing someone you hate… separate the art from the artist. Sound familiar? :>
    I find it easier to review the works of people I know… maybe it’s because having gotten a measure of their vibe, I know where they’re coming from. Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever been in the position of giving a really bad review to someone I like.
    Big congrats on the sale!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks for the congrats!

      Personally, I would like to review “This Tragic Glass” but the editorial guidelines I’ve been given from Tangent are pretty clear on the matter. If there’s a chance of bias, I need to alert the editor and have him reassign the story. When I reviewed the last issue of Oceans of the Mind one of the stories was written by the head of Critters (who is also the VP of the SFWA) and I’ve had less interaction with him than with eBear and I still felt like I needed to pass that story on to another reviewer.

  4. Congratulations on the sale. That’s a nice word rate!

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