Chase day

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Today is chase day, my least favourite writing task. It’s that day, every few months, when I go through my list of submitted short stories and work out which editors I should nudge for a response.

I hate chase day. I feel far worse asking someone if they’ve read the story I submitted six months ago than I do asking them to consider that story in the first place. I feel like I should be patient and wait my time, even when I’m months past that magazine’s stated response date.

Chase day needs to happen. A lack of response can mean all sorts of things. It can mean they never received the story, so I can submit it again. It can mean they meant to respond but forgot. It can mean that they’ve given up on their publication and I didn’t realise. It can mean there’s an over-active spam filter somewhere in the chain of communications. It can even mean that they really like my story and are sharing it with their editorial team. And unless I check my own spam filters, read their webpage and, when all else fails, email them, then I’ll never know.

Today is chase day, my least favourite writing task, and today is good.

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