I’ve been getting back into the swing of things in terms of submitting my short fiction, just because I’ve been writing more of it. And co-editing anthos, and hearing a lot from various magazine editors. And thus, from within the cocoon of that context, I have ten clues for the clueless.
Specifically, if you submit your fiction to a publication:
(1) Don’t query about your story two weeks before the average length of time the magazine says it responds in.
(2) Don’t withdraw your story in a huff two weeks after submitting it to a publication with a one-month response time.
(3) Don’t email an angry response to a friendly rejection.
(4) Don’t get upset if an editor you emailed a submission to rejects it a scant two hours later. Be happy you got a quick response.
(5) Don’t, if sending a snail mail submission, include a naked photo of yourself with your submission.
(6) Don’t send, without a query, a 40,000-word submission to a publication that only takes fiction up to 10,000 words.
(7) Don’t leave a rambling telephone message for the editor about how you’ve got some really cool SF that’s “true to life” and based on your “psychic experiences.”
(8) Don’t leave a telephone query for the editor with your phone number in another area code and expect a call back.
(9) Don’t send poetry to a publication that only takes fiction.
(10) Don’t send any submissions to a publication that’s been dead for almost 20 years. (Imagine my surprise to get a submission to Chimera Connections earlier this year, which folded back in 1990.)