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A guy called Clint was recently complaining that some submissions of his have not been responded to. This past month (August), I've had three submissions go missing out of twelve. Never arrived, never saw the light of slush. This is the first time it's happened to me AT ALL. I've never had a submission go unresponded-to until now, and then three in a row...

Meanwhile, in the for-pay life, I've noticed a sudden uptick in really-professionally-crafted spam/phishing attempts. Forged headers have reached a level of sophistication that rival real email headers. Venues such as spamcop have been scrambling to catch up, and more power to them for making the effort.

I believe these two developments are related. If you have some submissions that have been languishing well past the normal response time, it may be happening to you. Word to the wise.

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asakiyume
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Are you saying that we might have sent the submission to a place that's imitating the real place we were trying to send the submission to?

I've had places fail to respond. In one case they did say they had never received the first submission, but then they never responded to the follow-up submission, which I know they got. In other cases, I know they received it, but they just... didn't respond with an acceptance or rejection within a reasonable (as in, more than twice their posted response time) period of time, so I withdrew.

Other places are good about responding, though. The two places that I withdrew from, I'll probably not submit to again (no loss as far as they're concerned--they'll continue to get plenty of excellent submissions, I'm sure).
barry_king
Sep. 4th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
No, this is about legitimate places losing emailed and electronically-submitted pieces. When I see a trend related to email being thrown out undelivered, I suspect an upping-of-the-ante in the spam wars. Since I've never had a piece lost, and I suddenly get three within a month, I suspect such a thing is going on.

Which is not to say there are no sloppy slush-wranglers out there, necessarily. Only that THIS looks like a technical glitch.
cerealboxreader
Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Lemon meringue singularity
Hi,

I read your WorldCon post with interest, wishing I had been there. I'm also glad to see you're doing lots of submitting, even if the things have not been replied to. Do you really believe there are bogus submission sites for literature? Unless they are asking for a credit card number, what would be the point?

Also, I love your header (Naoto Kishi). Does that mean the only way to have a customized LiveJournal header is to pay for it? The limitations of LJ have pushed me to do a new blog (for my cat novel-in-progress and for my drama teaching stuff) in Wordpress.
barry_king
Sep. 4th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Lemon meringue singularity
No, I'm just thinking that legitimate attempts to eliminate spam did, for the month of August, increase the false-positive rate, meaning some submissions (like mine) went gang aft agley.

As for the customization, I don't know if it was because if it was paid or not. I just went into the customization section of the settings and picked out one with a dragonfly!
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