Thursday, April 28, 2005


Well I know we have all manner of writers who stop by here either regularly or on occasion. So my question is, to reveal your best acceptance of a piece of fiction. I would love to hear any or all stories in that regard, but I am particularly curious to hear from those of you who have been published by some of the big names, like The New Yorker. Did they call you about the acceptance? Write to you? Were they timely in paying? How did it feel to get a nice big check for a piece of fiction?

Hoping to hear from some of you about that. So far, since all of my publications have been for online magazines, all of my communications have been via email. Which is, of course, great -- I would never complain. But I have yet to be sent a check... or even copies of a magazine I've been published in. So I'm curious for some stories!

Thanks for reading,



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9:43 PM  
Anonymous Matt Kirkpatrick said...

I've never been in a mag like the New Yorker, although I got a nice handwritten rejection from Esquire once. That didn't come with any payment.

Once I got accepted to a prominent web mag with a revision suggestion, did the revisions, sent the piece in, and never heard back from them. I have at other times been rejected by this same journal within 20 minutes of submitting.

So, no good stories - acceptances have come via email, and I've been paid in copies which I display proudly on my bookshelf.

9:44 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, a handwritten rejection from Esquire -- I would be so totally proud of that! I hate to say it, but even getting a handwritten rejection from a mag like that would almost be like getting accepted for me. ;)

the revision story... that sucks. That's like having something great given to you... and then taken away.

Those are good enough stories for me! :)

11:14 PM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

The only place that paid me for writing was Wordwrights. It was a glowing start, because it was the first story I ever sent out. The day it was accepted was also the same day I was accepted for grad school. Made me feel like a real writer...signing a contract, correcting galleys...all for $35.

Unfortunately, my acceptance percentage has gone down considerably since then.

8:38 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Ha, I know you'll get more acceptances. It's a tough biz. But yeah, that kind of stinks to have an acceptance, galleys, checks, the whole works, and then be like, hey, I thought this was EASY! :)

Keep the faith! That $35 is still a lot more than I've managed! :)

6:28 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

The best I've gotten was published in a couple of print journals, with the contributor's copies and such. However, the acceptances at those journals were almost as automated as their rejections. The most attention I've ever received was from the smaller journals, including one recently that put "...accepted..." in the subject line so there was no skipping of the heart as one opens the e-mail to discern the fate of their submission!

I have been paid for nonfiction stuff, though, like art and book reviews and such. I think my biggest was Baltimore Magazine, but I really don't remember how much I was paid, and it was a small "upcoming events" type piece on a local artist with national rep.

5:17 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow weird -- just getting a note saying "accepted" -- somehow that has never been part of my fantasies of getting published!

6:14 PM  
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In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

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Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

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Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

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Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! subliminal messages

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