I've heard so many positive things about Black Gate Magazine from a number of people. How professional and friendly they are, how great they are to work with. So I have only one question:
What gives? Why can't I get a response from this magazine? I submitted a story to them in June of '09. A year later, when I hadn't heard anything back yet, I asked a colleague of mine (who has a story placed with Black Gate) if I should contact them to find out the status of my story. He advised me to send a brief, polite query, which I did.
A month later, no answer. I tried again, making sure I specified my story had been sent by e-mail. Another month went by, again with no answer. I tried again. In total I sent four e-mails, I even tried another e-mail address, and received nothing in response. At this point I suspect my story never made it through, and perhaps my e-mails didn't either--I don't know, maybe they have their spam filter set on Rabid?
I again asked my colleague for advice. He suggested attempting to contact Black Gate's editor via Facebook. That's not normally a route I'd try, but I really wanted to know if my story ever got through. So I sent a brief, polite e-mail, apologizing for sending it through Facebook and asking for a status update on my story, if it had reached them.
That was days ago. If you've figured out the pattern by now, you've probably guessed that I've gotten no response to that as well. I don't see why a simple query about the status of my story should take as long to answer as the story itself. I really don't think it's unreasonable that some four months later I'm getting slightly annoyed that I can't get anyone to tell me anything. In fact, by all appearances I'm being outright ignored.
So again I ask, what gives? Has anyone had any contact from this magazine lately? Anything at all? Is there some kind of Offensive Dance I did by accident that has caused these people to ignore me? Something? Anything?
Please, please, someone tell me something.
P.S. I'm sorry if I sound a bit agitated but really. This is absurd.