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Instead of “Failure”, let’s call it “lack of success”:

Thank you for offering your story [Woman’s Best Friend] to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.¬† We’re sorry to tell you that we will not be using it; you are free to submit it elsewhere.
 Sincerely,
The Editors

Another submission underway

main8Since 2 out 3 who answered thought Woman’s Best Friend was good enough for immediate resubmission, I have now sent it on to the Intergalactic Medicine Show, an online magazine owned by Orson Scott Card (one of my three favorite writers).

I put a note on the calendar expecting a reply in three months.

Reply expected from IGMS about “Woman’s Best Friend”

Should hear back from the Intergalactic Medicine Show about Woman’s Best Friend.

Submission Sent

Woman’s Best Friend submitted to the Intergalactic Medicine Show.

The other poll and a quick update

airmailSecond thing first:

I’ve changed the progress bars on the right to reflect the new priority of current projects.

First thing second:

Of the three people who voted whether to resubmit Woman’s Best Friend immediately or to first edit it some more, 2 voted it good enough to immediately send to another magazine.

My ego wanted to assume the third vote was made by someone who hadn’t read the full story. (“Well, obviously if they think it needs work, they just haven’t experienced it to know how good it is.”) That’s the arrogance of a writer about his latest and [possibly] greatest.

Well, today I spoke to the one dissenter (so far), and guess what? It was someone who hasn’t read the full story.

/insert maniacal laughter

Tonight I will e-submit Woman’s Best Friend to the Intergalactic Medicine Show, which is a bit less painful than the full printed manuscript deal. In the past, it’s taken them a good three months to respond to me, so hopefully this time my plan (to have more stories done long before I hear back) will work.

Woman’s Best Friend: What we know so far

The Bad

There are a number of missing words…11 or so. It’ll be nice to get these corrected before the story is submitted for publication.

I used the wrong version of “emergency” (oops).

Some transitions have gotten mixed reviews.

The Good

I made a few corrections prior to sending it out — the things I corrected have not been named as concerns, so this makes me think 1. the corrections worked and 2. they weren’t obvious (or jarring).

The best thing I’ve heard so far is that this story kept people guessing. In truth, I was afraid it would be too predictable, given the title.

Still Wondering

Hopefully (nobody has stated this explicitly), this means the story was also suspenseful.

My #1 goal writing WBF was, “Write something suspenseful.” I hope that it was also a little scary.

I haven’t decided where to submit it yet. It clearly isn’t right for Analog or Asimov’s, my first two submissions went to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy is always requesting more sci-fi…this might fit that request but I doubt it. I could try and outright horror magazine, but my fear would be that this story isn’t scary enough for an outright ‘horror’ audience.