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The best reason to query overdue responses

May 6, 2010

I was sitting at my computer, procrastinating my bedtime, and decided to query Every Day Fiction about a story I’d had out to them for 77 days.  In my experience, queries usually grease the wheels of rejection and free up stories for other markets.  I originally thought EDF would likely buy this story (especially since I’ve never taken the steps to collect payment from them on the first story they bought), but I’ve given up on overconfidence.  So I queried.

Apparently the story had already been accepted and my response was lost in cyberspace (probably blocked by a spam filter that couldn’t prevent a boatload of canned meat from docking in my inbox).  Moreover, the story hits the web tomorrow!  (That’s probably today by this point!)

Yes, friends, “Drake’s Eye” will be EDF’s story of the day on May 6th.  (If you missed it, it’ll be up for a while.)

That is what I call a well timed query.  I could have missed my own publication.  Whew.

So now I need to share this info with the world before said world wakes tomorrow and misses my mini-glory.  Consider yourself informed.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2010 2:58 am

    Congrats, Oso! I’ll pop over to read it.

  2. May 7, 2010 8:29 am

    Kick-ass. I’d like to see a positive response in my inbox right about now.

    • osomuerte permalink
      May 7, 2010 11:17 am

      @Tracie- Yeah, it’s tough to be going to CW this summer and not selling stories for three bucks. You have my deepest heartfelt sympathy. 😛

  3. May 7, 2010 9:44 pm

    Ouch! I would STILL be happy to actually sell something. But I hear you. I’m a doofus.

    • osomuerte permalink
      May 7, 2010 10:39 pm

      Just jerking your chain. (Do people still say that? Did they ever?) I am at peace with my summer status. There are plenty of people at the Clarions who would covet my WotF win, so we’ll call it a draw. (Then there’s that double-dipping K.C. Ball… :-D)

  4. May 7, 2010 9:50 pm

    Cool, I just popped over and read the story. Nicely done.

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