I don’t know about you, but I am awfully tired of the Merry-go-round that publications have us on!! I’ve been fortunate enough to have several of my pieces published. All of them online forums, nothing in print. I keep submitting, but it’s SO frustrating!!
You write from your heart. You’ve poured your soul onto the page. You’re sure that THIS one is the jewel that will finally be in print. You proof and edit until your piece is perfect. You select THE perfect place for it to appear. You send your precious baby out into the webisphere to be critiqued, analyzed and criticized. You wait and wait and WAIT, patiently for a response. Until one day, you receive that email that says, once again, that (they are very sorry, but) this piece was not chosen for publication.
This is all well and good. I DO understand that maybe that piece was not for them, they didn’t like it, whatever the case may be. I can handle that. What GETS my dander up, is that usually, these places do not want anything that was previously published. (this includes your blog) Also understandable. BUT they take a freakin’ lifetime to get back to you with a response!!
Seriously!! Are you just supposed to sit on this (awesome) unpublished piece and not post it ANYWHERE for God-knows-how-long? Most of the publications have a ridiculous time frame for a turnaround.
Below is a piece that I Cut and Pasted from the Poetry Foundation .org website. (the typos are theirs)
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
Out of respect for poets, we are doing everything we can to minimize response time. We will do our best to respond within seven months from the day of receipt, but are sometimes slower in responding. Please be patient! It is our goal to make sure each submission gets a good read. Adhering to our single submission of four poems or fewer at a time will help insure a timely response to your work.
Seven months???!! Sometimes slower??? Are you freakin’ kidding me?! I’ve submitted to a few places that have taken almost a year!
There HAS TO BE a solution to this! This is just insane.
Your thoughts? Do you have this kind of frustration?