Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rejection from Happenstance but there's light at the end of the tunnel!

Today I received a very detailed reply to my chapbook submission from Happenstance.
A rejection, yes, but an offer of re-submission and the possibility of working with me over a long period of time if I can see where she's coming from in her comments about my poems.
It's great just getting an editorial crit of a bunch of my poems, to be honest. I agree with around two-thirds of what she says though a couple of poems, if I followed her suggestions, would be completely unrecognisable to me so I just won't be sending those back to her. But for most of them I can definitely see her suggestions as improvement.

18 comments:

shug said...

I think if you've got someone who's prepared to work with you like that, it's great. She's a very good editor by all accounts. Good stuff.

Frances said...

They're obviously taking your work seriously. That's excellent.

Dave King said...

Hearty congrats! That is NOT a rejection, that is an endorsement of what you are doing. You should be over the moon. Don't take it as a qualified acceptance, it's more than an acceptance.

James Owens said...

This is great news. I agree, this is, in its way, better than a acceptance ... an editor who cares enough about your work to put time and effort into it over the long term. That's rare!

Sorlil said...

thanks guys, yes there's no guarantee she'll publish me in the future but it's a fantastic opportunity to get great feedback and hopefully improve my writing which, to me, is more important than publication, so I'm pretty happy.

Titus said...

Many congratulations, definitely not a rejection but an opportunity.

Sorlil said...

thankyou titus, yes I hope so!

deemikay said...

Only very vaguely related... but I love the word "happenstance". I once wrote a poem called "happenstance orpheus". :)

And I agree, not a rejection at all. It's like going for an interview for a job you'd love and them offering some work epxperience ahead of a future offer. To me that's good. :)

Rob said...

Ah well... HN is a very good editor, as others have said. It sounds to me like she wants to see how you develop over the next while and whether you can take another step forward with your poetry. Sounds positive!

Jim Murdoch said...

Well that's good-ish. I have an e-mail sitting in my inbox at the moment where an editor has asked me to consider reworking basically one line in a poem. I can see where she's coming from but I know what I meant and of course the poem is open to broad interpretation. It's a slippery slope, Marion. Proceed with care.

ambersun said...

Well done! Hope you can work it all out. This is one of my dreams too - to see my work in print.

Amber

Sorlil said...

thanks everyone, I really like a lot of what happenstance publishes so I'm delighted to get her thoughts on my poems.

Roxana said...

:-)
it's good to see you delighted and motivated and optimistic - your poems certainly deserve all that attention...

Sorlil said...

thankyou, that's very sweet of you :)

Mariana Soffer said...

Churchill said: man of success is one that goes from one failure to another with great enthusiasm.

Sorlil said...

lol, you've got find success wherever you can in this line of business!

Dick said...

That's pretty much the response I got from HN - focussed and detailed evaluation, each poem written on and encouragement to submit again. How many other editors would take that kind of time and trouble. H'stance is worth sticking with, sorlil. Get stuck in again!

Sorlil said...

she puts a lot of effort into each submission doesn't she?! I'm working on a new submission at the moment.