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Infante's Inferno - The "Dead To Me" List

Jan. 22nd, 2012

07:02 pm - The "Dead To Me" List

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From:thunderpigeon
Date:January 30th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I just got an e-mail back from a submissions editor saying the poems I sent over a year ago (which an Assistant Editor told me she was personally forwarding to the new editor when I queried about their status six months ago) "were lost during the change of Editors-in-Chief."

I may now need to start my own Dead-to-Me list.

(On the plus side, he did respond to my query in just 1 day).
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From:ocvictor
Date:January 30th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
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And perhaps the later exchange should stay your hand, a bit. Changing editors is a chaotic business -- see the recent "Paris Review" changeover, for an example -- and usually the new editor and their team arrives to find a either disarray or a situation they're ill-prepared to deal with. Up to you, of course, but if they seem to have gotten their act together since the change, perhaps it's time to try again.
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:January 30th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
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You raise a good point. Though I think I may hold off on sending anything there right away, for a little while. No sense trying to write a cover letter while feeling exasperated already.
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From:ocvictor
Date:January 30th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough. Plenty of fish in the sea.
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:January 31st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
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The annoying part is, the old editor wrote a blog post, just before leaving, that might have been about the piece I submitted, and now I may never know.

This, of course, may sound like ideas of reference--and maybe it is. I can be full of myself at times. But the post was about the source material I used--which may not mean much on its own, because it's a pretty well-known story--and said, in greater detail, exactly the same thing that was said by the editor who solicited the same poem a couple of weeks ago at a reading.
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