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Totally weird...

I woke up about 2:30 a.m. this morning, wrote a 2000+ word story, edited it, formatted into manuscript form, then submitted it to Asimov's magazine.

I'm not even sure why I did that. It wasn't all that big and while I consider what I wrote okay I don't think it's anything special.

Oh well I'll find out in about 4 - 5 weeks if they've accepted it or not. (Likely not as they supposedly have a 97% rejection rate according to things on the web.)

Still it was interesting. I may end up with my first formal rejection slip. ;-)

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thekamisama
May. 24th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
At least you bothered to try. That probably puts you ahead of 97% of the rest of us.
nimitzbrood
May. 24th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't know. Everybody's different. While some people might not submit stories they do other things. It all balances out.
acelightning
May. 25th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
While editors are justifiably dubious about anything that comes in "over the transom" (Sturgeon's Law was the result of Sturgeon's experiences as an editor), they still have to read it, because they know that every once in a while they'll find something surprising. You may get a boilerplate rejection letter, but if you do get rejected, I hope they give you some critique as to why. (The very late John W. Campbell always did. I have, or had, a rejection letter from Analog from Campbell, for something embarrassingly horrible I sent him when I was about fourteen...)

And nothing says they're necessarily going to reject it, either. Appendages crossed...
nimitzbrood
May. 25th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Hey I figure at the very least this would get me my first formal rejection letter.

And that's something because as was posted above that means I submitted something. Which is a step up from what most people can accomplish.

That said I think I'm going to try and knock out more simple things like this. Throw them against the wall and see if they stick so to speak.

Oh and the item in question was written on a simple thing that is great for just taking down the words - an Alphasmart 3000. It's kind of like a dummy word processor and when hooked to a PC or a Mac it acts like a keyboard. Hit "send" on it and it transfers what you've written. Best of all it stores multiple "files" and lasts for literally a month on 3 AA batteries. Good stuff.
acelightning
May. 25th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
True... "someday I'm going to write a novel" is a whole lot less impressive than "well, I've had eleven short stories rejected by seventeen magazines, but that's only in the past year" ;-D

I've heard there's an invention that will allow you to store words without needing batteries or any other power source. It's also very portable - some versions of it fit quite easily into a pocket. The biggest problem is transferring the data to a computer; only a meatware transfer device can do it. But at least it's crash-proof... ;-D
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