Cast your minds back, if you will, to a couple of posts I wrote almost exactly a year ago! Those posts were about the Harper Voyager open submission.
I did not expect to be selected – I mean, c’mon, what major publisher was going to spend money on a book populated with psychopathic hermaphrodites and absolutely no people? Nonetheless, making the effort was something I had to do to overcome my own fear of rejection. I am really proud of myself for breaking through that particular barrier.
When I did not hear anything from Harper Voyager after three months, I published Vokhtah myself. So the only thing I lost by submitting to a trad. publisher was the three months I spent waiting around, ‘just in case I won the lottery’.
To say I’m astounded to hear from Harper Voyager now is an understatement. The communique is a form email only, but I think I’ll have it framed anyway :
Thank you very much for providing us with the chance to read your novel. We are sorry to say that at this time we don’t feel it is right for the Harper Voyager list.
Due to the volume of submissions we were fortunate enough to receive, we are unable to provide personal feedback, however, please be assured that your work received thorough and fair consideration.
We wish you the best of luck with your writing career, and thank you again for thinking of us.
Now, as at August 29th 2013, I can quite honestly say I have been rejected. And I’m still smiling.