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19 January 2010 @ 08:30 pm
Analog buys "The Whole Truth Witness"  


My combined mail and e-mail contained six writing-related documents today:

  • The contract and check from time_shark  for "Lineage";
     
  • One form rejection;
     
  • One personal rejection;
     
  • One e-mail from a slush reader saying, "I like it, but the editor won't, but I'll send it along anyway";
     
  • One submission acknowledgement card; and
     
  • A letter from Stanley Schmidt at Analog, informing me of his intention to buy my story "The Whole Truth Witness", and suggesting a few editorial changes.


OMG

You can imagine the amount of jumping-up-and-down I'm doing. Below the cut, I have some more personal comments about what this particular sale means to me.

* * *

Analog was my father's favorite magazine. He started reading it back in the days when it was still Astounding, and Campbell still at the helm. He used to force his college roommates to listen to long passages from its pages while he lay on his bed in his underwear. He bought me my first subscription when I was twelve. When I was fifteen and took my first stab at writing an SF story, Dad paid me the highest compliment he knew: "Send it to Analog." (I did, and actually got a personal rejection: "Starts out fairly well, but fails." In retrospect, that comment was maybe a bit too kind for that story.)

I stopped writing fiction at about age twenty, and my father died when I was 32, some fifteen years before I started writing again. When we were cleaning out his things, we found a few decades' worth of Analog.

Given my father's love of science fiction and the pride he took in his children's accomplishments, I wish he had lived to see me start writing again. I wish he were alive today, for many different reasons.

But this story is for him.




 
 
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Adam Israel: Excitedstonetable on January 20th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
That is awesome news, Ken. Congrats on the well-deserved sale.
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, Adam.
Eric Marinericmarin on January 20th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Thank you, Eric.
girlspell: freedom girlgirlspell on January 20th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
I jumped when I got to the end. Oh wow....I'm so darn happy for you!

That was wonderful about that story and you dad.
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rachel. You're sweet.
Michael Merriam: Happymmerriam on January 20th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
That is awesome and incredible news! Congratulations to you!
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! So the deal is, I have to make a sale to get that neato elephant? I love that elephant.
The Ferretttheferrett on January 20th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Rock the hell on, Ken. You inspire me.
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Feeling's mutual, Ferrett. Thanks.
They Didn't Ask Me: May09-Analogdr_phil_physics on January 20th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Welcome to an honored club in SF.

Dr. Phil
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, Phil. And thanks for the hand-holding and help you gave me in thinking about the submission process.
Azahruazahru on January 20th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
You fricken rock Mr Schneyer. It does my heart so much good to see you succeed :-)
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
And it does my heart good to see your successes too, my girl. It's fun to cheer for each other.
(no subject) - azahru on January 20th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
time_shark: Happy!!!time_shark on January 20th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
WOO-HOO!! Way to go, Ken!
Ken: Giggleken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mike! Can we add this to the credit list in the book?
(no subject) - time_shark on January 20th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on January 20th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations ;o)
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Thanks!
Ann Leckieann_leckie on January 20th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Awesome! Excellent work, congratulations!!
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Thank you, Ann!
hhbarmaidhhbarmaid on January 20th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
This would be great news even without the wonderful connection to your father. WITH that connection it is over-the-top-amazing.

Congratulations! You are such an inspiration!
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
You're sweet to say so. Thank you.
tina connolly: washington parktinaconnolly on January 20th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Super fantastic, and wonderful story about your dad. I'm sure he'd be proud.
Ken: Hmmmmmken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tina. I hope so.
Antosha Chekhonte: Cheers!mickawber on January 20th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!

I actually subscribed to Analog for a couple of years—my senior year in high school and my first year of college. Before I realized that I had no time to read anything that wasn't assigned for a class.

Dude, I'm seriously impressed! (And stoked.)

And the personal rejection and the email from the slush reader are both causes to celebrate. Well done! (You know, of course to keep that slush reader's name. You never know where s/he might end up working.)
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, AC. I agree with you about the other letters.
Oktober_Ghost: TentacleLongingoktober_ghost on January 20th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Congrats, Ken!
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, Beth!
Erin Cashiertherinth on January 20th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
What fantastic news Ken! :D
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 20th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, Erin!

(Have I mentioned how distracting that icon is?)