Have you ever…

…been accepted into an anthology, ordered it, looked through the pages only to find out that your ‘accepted submission’ is not included?

For professional reasons, and until I can sort out my missing story, I am not mentioning the publishing company or anthology.

But hell, I’d love to hear similar experiences and/or your thoughts.

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25 thoughts on “Have you ever…

  1. Actually that happened to me last month. And the mutha effin book cost me 22 bucks. I was kind of pissed, but had to laugh. I went back to my inbox and realized after my permissions request from the editor, i never did get a confirmation email. I just figured it was a go and never verified it again before ordering it. Lesson learned.Sorry you had to go thru this shit.

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  2. The first story I ever wrote was titled "The Devil Wears Diapers" , a 1200 word memoir of my first weeks as a stay at home mom. It was published in a regional magazine out east. The editor of a southern regional magazine read the article and contacted me for permission to reprint it in theirs. We went thru the motions including billing. Then they never published it. The editor said they'd decided to go in a different direction. I remember thinking – HEY YOU CALLED ME!!! It bothered me back then because it was my first attempt at writing anything but I got over it fast.

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  3. Oh, god, sorry to hear this. It really sucks.No, never happened to me, but I submitted to anthology, waited six months for an acceptance, was told it would be published in Oct/Nov of last year… and there hasn't been anything done since then. The editor no longer answers my emails, though I see she's managed to churn out some self-published books of her own under this imprint during this past fall/winter.*sigh* At least I'm not out any money. Sorry you are.

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  4. WTF and suckage, yes Laura and Paul. Angel, I find the timing and price of your experience coincidental- still, good that you can laugh it off. I'm not laughing just yet, but time can make most everything funny.G.P. Ching, I guess nothing is set in stone until it's set in ink. (love the title of your story!)R.S.Bohn – I sigh with you. The publishing industry is a web of instant communications, but the actual process is amazingly slow. I'll pretend I'm not out of money since there are several writers I admire in the anthology and I do like having their work on my shelf.

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  5. Thanks, David.Cathy, I actually thought about that, because you could sell a lot of books that way, but I'll give benefit of the doubt. I know the editor is also very busy with other projects.

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  6. Do you think it was a scam? Just a way to get you to buy the anthology? There are so many predators out there, ready to pounce on hopefuls. There is a blog called WRITERS BEWARE BLOGhttp://accrispin.blogspot.com/You might inquire of them to see if that publisher has prior blackeyes from other burned authors. I am so sorry this has happened to you, Roland

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  7. I had a similar (worse? Nah, they are all equally bad) experience…had a NF book ready to go, cover designed, isbn assigned, amazon page, and then whammo! the small press went under, offices cleared out unexpectedly, chamber of commerce had no idea where they had gone. Took me two weeks to track the "editor" down, he was a nice guy, highly apologetic, but running from debt. The book was good but I never placed it again. http://www.cowboyandvampire.com

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  8. Yes, Ma'am. Been there, done that. its a horrible feeling. I am trying very hard not to say anything bad abuot small presses, but do want to say I can relate and I'm so sorry you were traeted this way. Yuo aer a fantastic writer and its their loss.

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  9. That's a raw deal for sure. The worst I've ever had to deal with was waiting over a year to find out a story that was under consideration for an e-zine (an E-zine) was rejected.Oh, and one site changed my endings on me.But I wasn't out money – that's big time suck.

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  10. Thanks for your support Sean and Nicole!I don't know Kathleen, that story sounds terrible, because so far as to do cover design, the ISBN number – that's real excitement and must have been such a let down!Many thanks Ant, Jodi, Laurita, and Alan – nice to have comrades like you.Chris, your story sounds awful – changing an ending? Whoa!MJS…you are a dreamer! Thanks : )Thanks everyone – I thought it was important to shout out about this. The more we know about publishing mishaps, maybe the better prepared we can be to prevent them.

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  11. That all sounds pretty messed up. I don't submit to many anthologies because so few pay well and/or fit what I've got ready for submission. I've had one magazine buy my story and then not print it – it took some frequent phoning to find out what happened. Fortunately, that one was a mistake and they published it in their next season's issue.I hope whatever happened with your anthology can be sorted out as human error. Were you paid? Was it free pub?

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  12. Hey Roland, I don't think it is a scam, but I do appreciate the link and will definitely check it out. Thanks.John, it is difficult molding one's work to certain anthologies, so getting accepted is extra cool, hence the big let-down when things go wrong. It wasn't a paid anthology, but I did pay the whopping $23.00 for it. Fortunately, there are many authors in there that I admire so it will be read and kept on my bookshelf, but knowing that I'm not a part of it is a kicker.

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  13. This must have given you a flat feeling when you excitedly flipped to the index page.As you say at least you have a good read so small silver linings and all that.Who knows maybe there's a story of the disappearing story to be written form this experience. I've know characters who have tried to run away from me, so maybe stories have grouped together and hatched a similar escape plan now.Hope you're able to place the story elsewhere Erin.Tony.

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