Interesting post from short story writer, Nate, on reacting professionally to fickle editors…

Juggling Writer

Last night, for at least the third time in my writing career, I received the dreaded unacceptance.

The unacceptance may be the only thing worse than the rejection.

For those who don’t know, the unacceptance happens when an editor/publisher decides not to use your story after issuing an acceptance email. Sometimes it happens after rounds of editing. Sometimes it happens after a contract goes out. Sometimes it happens months after the story was originally accepted. Whatever the details, the end result is always the same—that story becomes homeless after it was all packed but before it could even move in.

I’m not talking about the unfortunate closing of a market before they publish the piece they accepted. I’ve had that happen a dozen times or so, including with some paying markets. The unacceptance I’m talking about here is when an editor contacts you to say he or she has had…

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About Col Bury

Col Bury is the former crime editor of award winning ezine, Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers. Col's short stories can be found scattered around the net, and in anthologies, including, The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 9, 10 & 11. He is the author of the eBooks, Manchester 6 and The Cops of Manchester. Col's debut crime novel, MY KIND OF JUSTICE was published by Caffeine Nights in 2015. He blogs, reviews and interviews crime authors at
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2 Responses to

  1. Thanks for the reblog, Col!

  2. Col Bury says:

    No probs, Nate. I only reblog interesting stuff! 😉

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