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engmajor2005
01-02-2007, 10:56 PM
Say you sent a short story off to a non-paying market hoping to just get some more credentials considering you were confident the story was an easy sell. Then you stumble on a paying market where the story is an equally easy sell. Is it rude to send the editor and e-mail saying that your'e withdrawing your submission?

aka eraser
01-02-2007, 11:06 PM
Like many of life's Great Questions, the answer is "it depends." How long has the nonpaying market had the sub? Have they acknowledged receipt? Are they considering it for publication?

By the way, "easy sells" are a rarity among legit, paying markets (and many nonpaying ones). Should the paying market reject you, you'll have burned the bridge back to the first one by withdrawing it.

Unless the first market has had the piece for quite a while without responding, I'd leave it there and write something new for the paying market.

engmajor2005
01-02-2007, 11:09 PM
Like many of life's Great Questions, the answer is "it depends." How long has the nonpaying market had the sub? Have they acknowledged receipt? Are they considering it for publication?

By the way, "easy sells" are a rarity among legit, paying markets (and many nonpaying ones). Should the paying market reject you, you'll have burned the bridge back to the first one by withdrawing it.

Unless the first market has had the piece for quite a while without responding, I'd leave it there and write something new for the paying market.

They've had it a couple of weeks, acknowledged the receipt, but their accept/reject response takes about six months.

But I think you're right. Just something new.

Soccer Mom
01-03-2007, 12:24 AM
Write something new for the paying market. If the nonpayer rejects your submission then send to paying market.

johnzakour
01-03-2007, 12:44 AM
To me, six months is a long time for a non-paying, short story market.; but writing a new story for the other market is good advice. You can never have too many credits to your name.

Arisa81
01-03-2007, 01:12 AM
I also think writing a new story for the new market is a good idea.
If the first place had had your work for a really long time, withdrawing it would probably be okay, but at two weeks I'd just leave it be. If they don't decide to publish it then you'll have something else to submit the new place. :)