Ishmael wrote:I should say so! Wouldn't this be your third there?
Should I be so fortunate, yes, this would be a third. And he made another strong rewrite suggestion on a fourth, making me not just sadglad but sadgladglad: it would be sad to pro out and miss a chance at the WotF workshop, but glad to make the pro sales, and ecstatically glad to Analog out! But I'm not going to count unhatched chickens, I'm just going to keep writing.
I shall be very lucky if Analog don't conclude that I'm a dimwit. I polished up a story beautifully to send to them, then I misspelled my own email address during the submission process, then sent a correction email chasing after it but mistyped the reference number. So now I've had to send a correction after the correction.
This, it is humbly suggested, provides them with a good benchmark.
I have it on good authority that editors are human. What's more, I hear tell that they understand that authors are human, too. (At least until the robot takeover.) So they expect a degree of imperfection from us.
(I say this with the most fervent of hopes that it is true. In my last submission to Asimov's, I copied and pasted a cover letter from an earlier submission of the same story; and though I remembered to change the editor's name, I forgot to change the magazine! So I dearly hope Sheila is in an understanding mood that day...)
Other worlds from award-winning author Martin L. Shoemaker
WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!
SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!
REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT!
Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience.