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Connal



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: EDF Reply with quote

Just had another story rejected - very constructively - by EDF. They give great guidance and critique that is right on but it took 65 days to get a response. Does anyone know if this is normal for EDF, or do they push the stories that don't obviously fit to the back of the queue?
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eric_never
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:50 am    Post subject: duotrope Reply with quote

Have you ever tried duotrope? You can see EDF’s average time for holding stories here: http://www.duotrope.com/market_2267.aspx

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to be logged in to see those figures, so in case you're not, according to the responses Duotrope has received, for EDF the average time to hear back is:
78.5 days for acceptances
74.2 days for rejections
or in other words, you've not been pushed to the back of the queue.
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eric_never
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

delph_ambi wrote:
You need to be logged in to see those figures...

Ah, yes. Thanks delph! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the early days they got back to you quite quickly. Now-a-days it does take time. I've been rejected twice by them, am now trying a third time.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The site does say to give them 75 days, and if you haven't heard anything after that to get back to them.

In my experience, it's always taken a couple of months (cue shameless plugs):

http://www.everydayfiction.com/an-elizabethan-tale-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

http://www.everydayfiction.com/gifted-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Which reminds me, EDF did ask me to rework a story. Now where is it?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My rate of rejection from EDF (as opposed to the poetry) is pretty high, but I plain refused to rework the one story as their advice would have simply murdered the main storyline - something they quite obviously didn't 'get'. I was not going to compromise purely to get another pubbing credit.

I've had that with a couple of pieces, mainly humorous ones, but they do turn a lot more slowly than the poetry bit.

Plus I don't track through Duotrope myself which is why I'm a little sceptical about their accuracy per se, a good guideline though to the more popular publications.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear your story was rejected, Connal. I would say that the response times Cathy quotes from Duotrope sound about right, so don't take it personally. I'm sure I waited about two/two and a half months to hear about Tough Love. The only way you might be able to shorten this turn-around time, is by going for a themed date subject, say for Mothering Sunday.

Do keep on submitting. It is a very good showcase.

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Connal



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone - it's good to know I'm not the only one. I've got another one in the queue so maybe third time lucky. To their credit they give excellent feedback and made some valid points about my story. I figure the wait is justified when they respond so thoughtfully.
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