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Thread: Short fiction question... offer revisions, or is that taboo?

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Short fiction question... offer revisions, or is that taboo?

    Hi all,

    I recently submitted a short story to a well-known genre magazine. The editor sent me a personalized rejection. He/she liked the premise and the relationship between the two main characters. He/she didn't like the second half as much, and didn't feel won over by the story. The editor finished with, "I hope you'll keep us in mind in the future."

    I'm not too satisfied with the second half myself. Should I offer revisions, or just move on? I don't want to jeopardize any potential future relationship. There's no policy stated on the website about revisions.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Sadly, if they wanted a re-write they would have asked for one. Write this one off, re-write that second half and then get submitting elsewhere. Best of luck with it!
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    Okay, that was my gut feeling. I just wasn't sure if this market would work the same as the agent market for novels.

    Thank you for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronJohnston View Post
    re-write that second half and then get submitting elsewhere.
    Or, alternatively, don't.

    Well, yes, get to submitting, but not necessarily to re-writing.

    Only re-write if you agree with them and honestly think it will make the story better. One editor's opinions isn't the end-all.
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    Yeah... one of my beta readers, who interned at a literary agency, said the same thing (though I rewrote slightly after her comment). So that makes me think there may be something to it.

    On the other hand, I like it how it is. Eh...

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    Don't write the story of because of one editor. They're a fickle bunch and I'm sure you'll be able to find someone who does like the second half of the story.

    Good luck!
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