The "Dead To Me" List - Infante's Inferno
Jan. 22nd, 2012
07:02 pm - The "Dead To Me" List
I've been having a bit of fun lately in conversation exclaiming that "Such and Such Journal is DEAD TO ME!" And indeed, it's true. I've declared a number of journals "Dead to Me," and will no longer submit to them. But while it's fun to say, I feel I should explain: I'm no longer submitting to said journals because, after multiple rejections, it's simply become clear that my writing will not find a home there. It doesn't mean that the journals are bad or that their editors are horrible, evil people. Quite the contrary -- I still read those same journals, and count many of the editors involved as friends and friendly acquaintances.
It's just that my work and their needs will not intersect, and at a certain point, I realized that I was wasting a lot of energy trying to get something into those periodicals, rather than seeking out new venues.
And you know what? It's worked out pretty well, so far. I've found a few journals I was previously unfamiliar with, even gotten a couple acceptances already. So this is the new rule: No more wasting time. After a few rejections, it's time to move on, rather than beat metaphorical dead horses. It's nobody's fault. That's just the way it is, sometimes.
Now, this is not to say I'll never submit to those places again. Like I said, it's not personal, and there's no real grudge there. A change in editorial staff might prompt me to give it a try, and a solicitation, of course, would be a different matter. And funnily enough, upon deciding to go this route, I gave a few of the "Dead to Me" list candidates one last try, and actually got an acceptance from it, so maybe it's not a perfect tactic. But for the most part, it's best not to waste your time or there's when it's becoming clear that it ain't gonna happen. There are way too many good journals out there right now for that.