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I Pull out the Plank and Say...

Cluster of query responses coming through. I'm noticing the same mechanism that happens in traffic jams. How they start for a while, then they go again. Statisticians looking into the phenomenon say it arises out of the natural interplay of multiple units moving together in an uneven pace: traffic, geese in flight, sand-dunes, scree slopes. Eventually, any set of random items that form blockages to each other will fall into a rhythm of start-stop. So my submission responses start to come in waves even though they started out with no natural rhythm at all.

And... You know, rejection emails were fine when they were totally impersonal. But now that they're mostly "ooo! I liked this. This was cool! But, sadly, no! ;)" Well, it's somehow worse.

And I'm in the middle of one of those points where the traffic jam is clearing and they're all coming in one day after another. It's depressing.

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asakiyume
Feb. 25th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
I confess I still prefer the person rejections to the form ones--I like the sense of interaction? And a real reader. But yeah, I know what you mean. A couple of times I've had three in a day -_-
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, preferable, but less easy to dismiss. Especially first thing in the morning. ;)
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barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, good advice. I try to turn stuff around the day I get a negative response as it is, so I think I'm getting a hang of the persistence part. And workshopping is getting me a sense of how to winnow an opinion out of a conflicting set of statements. Still not there yet with knowing what I do best, though, but I'm only really beginning to get a handle on this thing called "voice". Just takes time...
tryslora
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
...and now I'm warily looking at my email wondering what's going to follow today's email. *laughs* But yeah, I know what you mean. Although I admit, I'm also glad to have the waves breaking because even depressing, it means I move on to something else, right?
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Man, I'd love to have some time to work on new things. Bad time right now, between work and other commitments, so I'm mostly re-hashing old stuff. But there's an anthology or two I'd kind of like to do something for. At least poetry. Which seems to be my forté, so far.
tryslora
Feb. 25th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
By new I'm thinking more like hunting down more people to query. *wry smile* If there's an anthology, set that due date and work towards it. I've had more luck finishing shorts for anthologies lately than I have with writing anything long.
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Go to it! I place a goose geas on you.
j_cheney
Feb. 25th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I don't know what makes those rejections come at the same time, but they do. Also, agent rejections seem universally harsher than short story Rs.
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
So far my batting average with agent responses is about 50% meringue-into-black-hole. Haven't done more than one of those in a year, though. I guess I should start again.
j_cheney
Feb. 26th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
Yes. I hate the no reply people...
peadarog
Feb. 25th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
The "close-but-no-cigar" stage is extremely frustrating, but everybody who eventually succeeds goes through it. What it means is: "This is probably good enough to publish. If I knew you, if you were famous, the result would be different..." But a few sales on your CV will turn a lot of those around for you.
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
A good point, that. Truth is, if every publishable piece was published, there wouldn't be enough people to read them. Or so I tell myself.
peadarog
Feb. 25th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Well, I certainly wouldn't read them all. I'm far too important!
barry_king
Feb. 25th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
What a coincidence!
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