As I have mentioned before, I am co-editing the Pluto edition of Superversive Press’ Planetary Anthology series. I just sent out an e-mail saying “how sorry I was that your submission did not make the final cut” to over a dozen authors.
In nearly every case, their story was great. Unfortunately, those 14 stories got beat out by
21 other stories that were just a little bit greater. I felt like an utter heel having delivered the bad news because I know exactly how I feel when I am on the receiving end of one of those rejection e-mails/letters.
I am confident that we have a great collection of stories for the book, due out later this year. But I wish we could have found a way to get all of them in. My approach has always been to encourage everyone to write and find a way to get their story published. So telling 14 folks “no” was no easy task for me. I cannot imagine how someone does this on a daily basis. So I guess we can scratch “Acquisitions Editor” off my list of potential jobs.
While you are waiting for Pluto to hit the bookshelves and Kindles, be sure to check out the three editions currently out:
Earth is due out in one month and will mark my first entry into the series “Extinction Point.” I have two other stories confirmed at this point, “Polar Shift” in Luna, and “Yes Neil D. Tyson, Pluto Is A Planet” in Pluto.
I have written and submitted four other stories: “At Homeworld’s End” for Sol; “Icarus Falls” for Jupiter; “The Last Human” for Uranus and “The 13th Medallion” for Neptune, and am awaiting a decision on all four.
I’m hoping I will get acceptance e-mails for them. But if I get a rejection for one or all I will certainly understand. Having just gone through the process myself, I don’t envy those four editors the task ahead.