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Let's say you have a story that you want to submit to F&SF. Let's also say that the story is finally ready to be sent today, August 18.

August 18 happens to be the day of the F&SF slush bomb, when (supposedly) a bunch of women were going to send a story to that mag en masse. Unfortunately, you are not a woman (because you're me) and the story you plan to send is full of boy cooties. IOW, swordfights, brothel, dead monster, brothers betraying each other, that sort of thing.

There's no way in hell F&SF is going to buy this story. They've never bought anything you've sent them, and they certainly don't buy this. In fact, the only reason you're mailing it to them is because it has the words "venom cock" in it. (Okay, there are two reasons: maybe they will buy it after all--even though they won't.)

Here're the questions:

Do you send it to them today, so it will arrive with the slush bomb? Do you hold on to it for two weeks and send it then? Or do you not bother to send it at all?

What do you think?


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Aug. 18th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Wait a week or two. My guess is that after all the notice, the F&SF peeps will be on their mettle to process the slushbomb fast.

Why put yourself in an avalanche of stories if you don't have to?
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
That's pretty much what I was thinking, too. Thanks.
Aug. 18th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
They're still planning to do that slush bomb thing? Cheesus. What is it supposed to accomplish, again?
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
At this point it looks like there's a different goal for each participant. Glancing through the list of submitters, it looks like most of the people playing were glad for an excuse to finish and submit something for a deadline.
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Aug. 19th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
I will send it, but I think I'm going to wait a bit.
Aug. 19th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
I'd wait. Let the deluge clear out, just as you might for any high-volume day.
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
mail out now

The PO's have this computer thingy so you can now mail at all times of the day. All you need is plastic.

Aug. 19th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm going to shelve it for a couple weeks. As I said above, I don't want to submit during an extra-busy time. I also sorta feel like I would be stepping on the toes of the slush bomb.

Maybe that doesn't make sense, but there you go.
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  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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