Back in August, I submitted a short story to an anthology. The response time is long past, but the editor has had a major dose of Real Life, so I haven’t received a response. I sent them a note to make sure I hadn’t lost any correspondence to spam filters, and another one when I changed email addresses recently. I didn’t really expect any response to those, and I was not disappointed. Since it’s been so long since the proposed response time, I could do a real query, but I don’t think I’d get any answer other than “We’re still working it,” which I already got from the website. I feel really bad for the editor, as he’s obviously under a lot of pressure, but I also just want to know, one way or another, yes or no.
One of the people in my writers’ group likes to submit things, because they then become someone else’s problem, and she can go on to working on other projects. I don’t seem to feel that same sense of release. I fret. I worry. I can’t just let it go until I get a response. It can be a rejection, which is fine, because it shows that the story was read by at least one person, and that’s a good chunk of my motivation in writing anyway. I just like to know.
The best advice after sending something out is to get to work on the next project. I need to develop some coping skills, because once I finish a longer work, it’s going to take a long time to hear responses, and I need to not be wasting energy worrying about someone else’s problem when I could instead be using that energy to create something new. So maybe now is a good time to take a look at my thought patterns and see if I can’t redirect them into more productive avenues.
If only typing got it done!