Apparently, my fiction submissions can kill a publisher…
About two months ago I submitted a short story to a market I found on Duotrope’s Digest (a great database of fiction markets, btw). My story was a superhero story and this was a superhero magazine. Perfect, right?
Maybe not so much…
Checking my submissions calendar the other day, I found that it had been well over the magazine’s listed average response time and I still hadn’t heard anything from them. I tried going to their website to see if there were any announcements regarding submissions–but found out that their website was down.
So, I checked the listing again in Duotrope’s…and found that they had been declared a “dead” market last week.
Sweet baby gherkins! I killed a publisher!
Oh well, I need to work on the story anyway, or trunk it. But in a business where 9/10 of the time you feel pretty powerless, I did get to feel mighty for about 8.7 seconds.