Let’s play “Who’s the Editor”

In submitting short stories pretty non-stop since June, I’ve discovered a strange phenomenon in the publishing world.

I don’t know who’s going to be reading my submission.

It goes something like this:

I click a duotrope listing I wish to investigate.  I read the duotrope entry, then go to the actual publisher’s webpage.  I find the specific project I’ll be submitting to.  I’ll read the submission guidelines.  Then, if I want to submit, I’ll start looking into the publisher and who I should be addressing my submission to.

In most cases, I have to dig, dig, to find out who’s name to address my submission to.  Then the possibilities look like this:

“Dear Editor” seems so lazy and impersonal, but I’ve had to use it on several occasions.

Closer than that is “Dear Guy1/Guy2” because in their “About” or “Bio” section they have two (or more) fiction editors, and I’m not sure which is handling the project I’m submitting to.  Only slightly better than “Dear Editor”.

Usually googling “who is editing anthologyXYZ” or similar phrases only brings me back to the publisher’s site, because there’s nothing about the anthology yet.   I also spend quite a bit of time on Absolute Write to try and narrow down names.

So what gives?  Why is it so hard to find out who the editor is?  Am I just supposed to know, and if I do I get sent to the front of the cue?

Many publishers do not have this problem; they have nice bio pages, with a paragraph or two about their editors, and I can take a better guess at who will want to see my submission.  Or they will state “Anthology XYZ, edited by SupercoolGal” or something similar.

My current plan is to document how many steps I have to take to find a name. I’ll post about this again when I have, say, ten submissions to use the data from.  …it’ll be maybe two months.  🙂

Anyone else run into this problem?  Am I missing something?

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Good news everyone!

Hello friends!

I am very pleased to announce some very good news!

Firstly, welcome to heidilengwenat.com – I am extremely pleased to begin my blog.

Secondly: a piece of mine has been accepted into an anthology!

The book is called “Once Bitten, Never Die” and is about what happens when people are bitten by werewolves, vampires, zombies etc.  Sure to be an exciting read.  The editor actually wants to open the book with my piece, “Seven of Seven of Seven”, as it is very short (flash fiction, 343 words), and will set the tone of the book nicely.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So yeah, as you can tell by all the exclamation marks, I am pretty stoked about this.  It will be the first time my work will appear in print.  IN PRINT, in a BOOK.

When the anthology becomes available, I will plug it mercilessly.  😀

The cover will look something like this:

And my face will look something like this:

Their table of contents is shaping up; see it here.

This is the first of many.  I look forward to similar exciting announcements in the future.  😀

Also, see below for my initial post.  I look forward to keeping this blog updated with nifty things.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.

First post!

So, I’ve finally got in on this blog business.  It will be a useful tool in promoting myself, I feel.  heidilengwenat.com.  Tell you friends.

I think it will break down like this: 33% writing related posts, 33% interesting posts (wait, you don’t find posts about writing interesting?), and 33% funny/random/cute posts.  The other 1% will be a wildcard, and when it happens it will be like being slapped in the face with a cold salmon.  I think it goes without saying that 100% of my posts will contain nerd.

Onwards.

Currently, I’m working on a short story for a Halloween anthology.  Spooky fun.

And in other news, I can’t stop being excited about Machine of Death Vol.2; I’ll really be interested to read it (especially so if my story, “.22 BULLET”, is among those chosen for publication!).

I’m also excited for a short story of mine called “C.A.R.C. RETCON LEVEL DOCUMENT” which I think has legs and can run all the way to the bank.  🙂  (Warning: this is not an emoticon-free-zone.  Use of emoticons may, at times, become excessive.)

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.