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Postby Strycher » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:24 am

bobsandiego wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:This has nothing to do with writing, but I have a phone interview for a digital applications librarian job in Oregon later today, and am feeling nervous. Awk!

Best of luck to you. This job market is brutal.

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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby s_c_baker » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:26 am

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s_c_baker wrote:This has nothing to do with writing, but I have a phone interview for a digital applications librarian job in Oregon later today, and am feeling nervous. Awk!


And you put this in the 'Almost Success' thread because of some Cassandra presentiment? Nay, gentle Brutus, the fault lies not in our stars. Take time by the forelock, I say, sieze that tide in the affairs of men and mix every quotation you can think of, (except not in the interview of course.)

Well, it is a job at a university library... The people on the committee would probably get it. wotf019

(I'm choosing almost as in "not yet a" in this case, if you want the positive spin on things. wotf011 )

The market is certainly brutal right now--even among those who have a master's in library science. We had a temporary, part time position at my current library, and there were 160 applicants for it... wotf015

This phone interview will be particularly interesting because I don't meet one or two of their minimum requirements. So I guess they felt I was specialized enough in the other areas that it didn't matter... (Pardon me while my intestines try to choke my stomach.)

ETA: It seemed to go fairly well. We shall see in about a week and a half. wotf007
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Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:01 pm

s_c_baker wrote:
Ishmael wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:This has nothing to do with writing, but I have a phone interview for a digital applications librarian job in Oregon later today, and am feeling nervous. Awk!


And you put this in the 'Almost Success' thread because of some Cassandra presentiment? Nay, gentle Brutus, the fault lies not in our stars. Take time by the forelock, I say, sieze that tide in the affairs of men and mix every quotation you can think of, (except not in the interview of course.)

Well, it is a job at a university library... The people on the committee would probably get it. wotf019

(I'm choosing almost as in "not yet a" in this case, if you want the positive spin on things. wotf011 )

The market is certainly brutal right now--even among those who have a master's in library science. We had a temporary, part time position at my current library, and there were 160 applicants for it... wotf015

This phone interview will be particularly interesting because I don't meet one or two of their minimum requirements. So I guess they felt I was specialized enough in the other areas that it didn't matter... (Pardon me while my intestines try to choke my stomach.)

ETA: It seemed to go fairly well. We shall see in about a week and a half. wotf007



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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby austinDm » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:06 am

s_c_baker wrote:
Ishmael wrote:
s_c_baker wrote:This has nothing to do with writing, but I have a phone interview for a digital applications librarian job in Oregon later today, and am feeling nervous. Awk!


And you put this in the 'Almost Success' thread because of some Cassandra presentiment? Nay, gentle Brutus, the fault lies not in our stars. Take time by the forelock, I say, sieze that tide in the affairs of men and mix every quotation you can think of, (except not in the interview of course.)

Well, it is a job at a university library... The people on the committee would probably get it. wotf019

(I'm choosing almost as in "not yet a" in this case, if you want the positive spin on things. wotf011 )

The market is certainly brutal right now--even among those who have a master's in library science. We had a temporary, part time position at my current library, and there were 160 applicants for it... wotf015

This phone interview will be particularly interesting because I don't meet one or two of their minimum requirements. So I guess they felt I was specialized enough in the other areas that it didn't matter... (Pardon me while my intestines try to choke my stomach.)

ETA: It seemed to go fairly well. We shall see in about a week and a half. wotf007

Good luck! wotf007

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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby morshana » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:55 am

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just got my third (in a row) rejection from Gordon Van Gelder. He keeps telling me his assistants like my stories, but they can't "grab him," "hit him right", or "hold his interest." wotf014
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Postby Rebecca Birch » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:04 am

morshana wrote:Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just got my third (in a row) rejection from Gordon Van Gelder. He keeps telling me his assistants like my stories, but they can't "grab him," "hit him right", or "hold his interest." wotf014


This is so the right place to post this. Keep at him! You'll get there!
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Postby morshana » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:06 am

Thanks, Rebecca! I'll keep submitting, of course. wotf024
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:18 pm

morshana wrote:Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just got my third (in a row) rejection from Gordon Van Gelder. He keeps telling me his assistants like my stories, but they can't "grab him," "hit him right", or "hold his interest." wotf014


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Postby austinDm » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:40 pm

I'm with Elinor. Still haven't gotten past that Stephen guy. Go Jeanette! You can do it! wotf024

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Postby klaatu » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:36 pm

Indeed, Jeanette.

Push on.


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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:59 pm

I will add mine, "keep working, you're closer than you think," too.

A while back--15 to 18 months or so--I received one from Van Gelder. But it read just like any of the rejections from the other guys so I figured they must be sick or some such and he was doing some extra work.


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Postby Ishmael » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:45 am

Look at all the magnificent stuff that F&SF misses out on by requiring snail mail submissions. Mine for example! Maybe I should ask someone to mail one in for me. I dare say they email their rejections, don't they?
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:01 am

Ishmael wrote:Look at all the magnificent stuff that F&SF misses out on by requiring snail mail submissions. Mine for example! Maybe I should ask someone to mail one in for me. I dare say they email their rejections, don't they?


They do email rejections indeed, if you ask them nicely. And I recently swapped a story to Interzone for one to F&SF with Stewart Baker. So I'm sure if you post a message here or somewhere offering to do the same, someone will respond.
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Postby morshana » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:30 am

Thanks! I will push onward! *bites nails about which submission to send next*
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Postby morshana » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:31 am

I'd be willing to swap on submissions to Interzone and Black Static. Mighty expensive rejections, otherwise.
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Postby morshana » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:34 am

Will it confuse the people at the magazine, though, to get an envelope postmarked from their own country when the author lives abroad?
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Postby Ishmael » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:55 am

morshana wrote:Will it confuse the people at the magazine, though, to get an envelope postmarked from their own country when the author lives abroad?


Looking at their website, the instructions are "Overseas submissions should always be disposable and accompanied by an email address for reply". In other words we won't get the printout back but they are willing to respond by email. This saves including SAE.
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Postby morshana » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005
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Postby Rebecca Birch » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:18 pm

morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


Woot! I need to get another sci-fi story up and running (or back from markets) so I can send her another one.
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Postby morshana » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:26 pm

Rebecca Birch wrote:
morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


Woot! I need to get another sci-fi story up and running (or back from markets) so I can send her another one.


Yes, Rebecca!
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Postby Jeffrey » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:19 pm

morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


That's awesome! Two in a row from Asimov's, three in a row from F&SF. Any day now I'll be reading your stories in both of them. wotf007
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Postby E.CaimanSands » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:20 pm

morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


You must be close then, and F&SF too! I've had two of those type rejections too from Asimov's, but with a gap of about 2 years between 'em, lol. wotf001 Though this year I've also had one from Analog and one from Clarkesworld, all on different stories so I'm hoping I'm beginning to do something right.
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Postby morshana » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:43 pm

Jeffrey wrote:
morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


That's awesome! Two in a row from Asimov's, three in a row from F&SF. Any day now I'll be reading your stories in both of them. wotf007


That would be awesome. All I can do is keep submitting and hope for the best!
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Postby morshana » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:44 pm

E.CaimanSands wrote:
morshana wrote:Just got my second-in-a-row "Well done but not quite right for me; look forward to the next one" rejection from Sheila at Asimov's. wotf007 and wotf005


You must be close then, and F&SF too! I've had two of those type rejections too from Asimov's, but with a gap of about 2 years between 'em, lol. wotf001 Though this year I've also had one from Analog and one from Clarkesworld, all on different stories so I'm hoping I'm beginning to do something right.


That's great! Any day for you! wotf007
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Postby LDWriter2 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:01 pm

Very good Morshana




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Postby bobsandiego » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:17 pm

A personal rejection for my DF SF story 'Lies I tell Myself' That included this feedback...

The way in which the story is framed is interesting, particularly the nod at the end towards Doubting Thomas. The narrator’s revelation after following Nick’s soul after death was a creative approach to the possibilities of mind reading. We felt, however, that the conflict between the narrator and the scientists, as well as the narrator’s understanding of his new ability, could have be developed more.


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Postby Rebecca Birch » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:38 pm

bobsandiego wrote:A personal rejection for my DF SF story 'Lies I tell Myself' That included this feedback...

The way in which the story is framed is interesting, particularly the nod at the end towards Doubting Thomas. The narrator’s revelation after following Nick’s soul after death was a creative approach to the possibilities of mind reading. We felt, however, that the conflict between the narrator and the scientists, as well as the narrator’s understanding of his new ability, could have be developed more.


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Nice feedback, Bob! And I'm looking forward to my first $10 payout from Amazon,too. It's so exciting! Congratulations!
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Postby morshana » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:57 pm

bobsandiego wrote:A personal rejection for my DF SF story 'Lies I tell Myself' That included this feedback...

The way in which the story is framed is interesting, particularly the nod at the end towards Doubting Thomas. The narrator’s revelation after following Nick’s soul after death was a creative approach to the possibilities of mind reading. We felt, however, that the conflict between the narrator and the scientists, as well as the narrator’s understanding of his new ability, could have be developed more.


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That's great, Bob!
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby Jeffrey » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:27 am

Received a personal rejection from tor.com. They had pulled it aside for further consideration because of the "interesting premise & smooth prose" but had a hard time identifying with the main character (she has Aspergers, but my fault for not making that clear). This story was my V30 Q1 HM. They also asked to see more of my work. wotf007
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Postby morshana » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:05 am

Jeffrey wrote:Received a personal rejection from tor.com. They had pulled it aside for further consideration because of the "interesting premise & smooth prose" but had a hard time identifying with the main character (she has Aspergers, but my fault for not making that clear). This story was my V30 Q1 HM. They also asked to see more of my work. wotf007


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