Electronic vs. Postal Submissions
Being an information technology person, I rely heavily on email, internet, and other electronic means to manage my day and keep up with people. It’s the year 2011, after all, and nearly everyone has a computer and/or smartphone of some flavor, so there’s no reason why I should have to use the US Postal Service for anything.
In keeping with this line of thought, I’ve mainly submitted stories to markets that allowed me to do so electronically. Some have cool submissions systems like I’ve mentioned before, where others just have a dedicated email account that accepts their submissions. Toward this end, many will get back to you in less than a month, some in less than a week, and in a few cases, in less than a day (Abyss & Apex rejected a piece of flash fiction I submitted to them in 6 hours)! So many publications take electronic submissions now that last year at some point I decided that I wouldn’t bother with the ones that didn’t have that option. Limiting, maybe, but really, when there are so many other great markets out there, why hassle with dead trees and postage?
My story “Last Man Standing,” which rings in at a tight 8400 words, has been making the rounds of the pro markets for several months. Problem is, it’s long enough that many publications won’t consider it. Yesterday I received a fairly positive rejection for it from a publication, and based on that I feel I should continue to fire it at pro markets. However, there’s a small problem…
The only few markets that are left are postal sub only. I thought long and hard about it, and decided that I should just bite the bullet and mail it to one. After a little manuscript reformatting (font changes, cover page addition, typing up a fresh cover letter), I slid it into a flat letter mailer with a return envelope inside, sealed it up, and mailed it off to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Guess I will hear back in around a month, and from there I can just print and mail it again to someone else.
I won’t debate the pros and cons of electronic vs. postal submissions. It’s just not worth the time and effort spent. 🙂
~shrug~ I still won’t send a lot of stuff to the markets that take postal subs, but since I’ve done one and seen it isn’t too difficult, I won’t be as picky in the future.