Open Submissions – an update
By Anne Perry
Posted on September 22, 2015 in News with tags Open Submissions
Our open submissions window has closed – your hard work is over! But for us, it has really only just begun. As you wait for our responses, here are a few FAQs to tide you over.
As of our open submissions deadline, we received a grand total of 1,445 submissions. A small army of readers has steadily been marching through, reading and considering each submission. As of today, we’ve read nearly half.
We will begin responding to submissions on September 30th. We will do our best to respond to every one of you by October 31st, so please be patient. We will post an update in October to let you know how far along we’ve gotten.
Given the huge volume of submissions we received, we will not be able to provide personal feedback in our responses.We have been absolutely blown away by the talent and imagination you’ve all displayed in your submissions, but the sheer number we received makes personal feedback impossible.
We will be responding to submissions in the order in which we logged them, not the order in which we received them.
Please do not pester us for responses. We have made a few exceptions and responded to a few submissions early, but we will not begin sending out the majority of the responses until September 30th.
Again, please be patient with us. 1,445 submissions is a huge number, and it is important to us that we read and consider each very carefully – which takes time.
Finally: be polite. Be professional. If you receive a turn-down from us, please don’t respond by attacking our taste and judgement. This isn’t just good manners, it is also good sense. Publishing is a small industry and, if you stick with writing (and we hope you do), we may all run into one another again.