Grayson Morris wrote:Oooh, good luck, Alex!
Alex Kane wrote:Thanks, everyone! Yeah, I'd absolutely love to nab the position. But let's not kid ourselves -- there will be at least a hundred or so applicants, and I'm sure some of them will be folks vastly more qualified from a proof-in-the-pudding standpoint. I've got a handful of sales I'm proud of, sure, but who knows what Mr. Hartman will think of my application letter. It was written in a frenzy of do-or-die enthusiasm, and I hit send immediately, careful not to let myself overthink it. So we'll see.
Alex Kane wrote:Well, I have to assume that folks like Cat Rambo, Kelly Link, or Paolo Bacigalupi would qualify as experienced readers to the same degree that they're respected as writers. Different skills, but you can hardly have the latter without the former. But yeah, hopefully magazines seek editors based on things like interpersonal skills, familiarity with the language, and an understanding of the literature, as opposed to how many times they've appeared in Asimov's.
Alex Kane wrote:So I'm not sure how the average editor approaches a manuscript any differently than a writer-slash-English-major: They go to the page hoping to love the story, but expecting to be disappointed and knowing their time and budget is limited, and they have to read with a somewhat critical eye to spot flaws that might make the piece unpublishable.
s_c_baker wrote:Since you started writing at such an early age, I suspect you're the exception to the rule. I didn't start writing (well, anything worthy of the name) in my mid 20s.
Grayson Morris wrote:Becoming a serious writer (i.e., someone paying attention to craft and working to get better and get sold) has ruined my reading. My writer-critiquer is almost always in my way -- even on really good stories. I'm told this is a phase and it will pass. I sure hope so.
gower21 wrote:Good Luck Alex! Hope you get it.
Alex Kane wrote:gower21 wrote:Good Luck Alex! Hope you get it.
Thanks, Tina! I hope so too. Applied for Clarion, Clarion West, a Science Fiction Columnist Position at LitReactor, and the Strange Horizons gig. Of those four, three have been either rejections or non-responses (plus, they hired a guy to do the LitReactor column, so that's rejection enough). I've been getting nothing but rejections for my writing for months now, so...it'd be nice to hear "yes" for once. But I suppose this is a universal problem 'round these parts.
gower21 wrote:You're trying for Clarion next year right?
Grayson Morris wrote:Bummer, Alex. But good for the novel. :-)
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