Lately, I’ve had to send a few follow-up emails, which I hate doing. I’m one to wait well past a publication’s latest response time. I’m sure they get busy time to time, very busy. Still, I’m busy too, but I don’t think I’d be too busy to reply with a “we’re swamped right now, can I get back to you in a week/month or two?” That took about 10 seconds to type.
When I finally do query, it’s very professional, and goes something like this:
I submitted my story on (such and such date) and wanted to follow up on its review process. If you are still considering it for publication, please let me know if there is anything I can do – I welcome rewrite requests and edits for publication. If you have decided to pass, please let me know, and I thank you for your time in reviewing my work.
To date, three different publications have not responded to follow-up emails that are now three weeks out (I’ve double checked that email addresses are correct), so what gives?? Am I to assume they’ve gone defunct, when two of them clearly haven’t? Are they the type of publications that choose not to respond to rejects (or emails from future rejects) … not even with form rejections/emails? That takes about 5 seconds. “You’re a loser, go away.” Also 5 seconds.
I hate withdrawing stories, especially with publications I like. Do I follow-up again and risk being pesky? Dear fellow writers, what’s your advice? What would you do?