Saturday, February 14, 2009

A quasi holiday and a question

Happy Valentines Day for all you lovers out there in blogworld.

Now that we have that out of the way, a question.

Which is worse, waiting on a submission with a known long out time or waiting on one with an expected short time out?


Jameson T. Caine said...

For me it's waiting on the expected short one. Longer ones tend to get subbed and then forgotten about because I know I'm in for a wait, but when I know it's only a matter of days or a week or two before I get a response, THEN I am nervous as hell, checking the email about every hour.

Cate Gardner said...

It depends on the market and my mood.

For me it's waiting a to hear from a market that normally rejects stories it doesn't like within a couple of days and hangs onto stories it does for longer. So you've waited a month, you get your hopes up, then three months later you query and it turns out they never received your sub.

Anonymous said...

I say long one. Those SUCK. I sometimes foregrt about them and then when I receive the rejection, it's TWICE as bad.

Aaron Polson said...

I'm split. I rarely forget about the long ones thanks to Duotrope, but sometimes I get blindsided (by both rejections and acceptances) I wasn't thinking about.

Long wait acceptances are awesome. Long wait rejections are the worst.

I probably didn't answer the question.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I don't mind waiting if that is what everyone else is doing but the ones that only hold on for a week or two kill me with anticipation.

Fox Lee said...

Waiting on a long one. I'm a "rip the band-aid off" kind of person.

BT said...

I've only submitted one story to a market which had a response time listed as longer than 3 months, and that was to a market I'd had two other stories accepted at so I don't mind the wait.

It's also in a genre I don't write in anymore so it's like setting and forgetting.

As for waiting in general - I have way too much other stuff on, and I'm always trying to improve on what I've written so I tend to forget about stories all the time (that and my Alzheimer’s kicking in). If I didn't spreadsheet my submission process, I'd completely forget where I'm at.