Old 01-04-2013, 05:52 AM   #1
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Why no response

Why would an editor advertise their availability then not respond to my enquiry? I know that not everyone wants to edit the stuff that I write, but it doesn't take much to respond with "no thanks, not interested"

In December I contacted one of the editors who said she was available. When she didn't respond, I tried again. Still no response. Surely it is common courtesy to reply.

I now have two stories backed up waiting for an editor.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Why would an editor advertise their availability then not respond to my enquiry? I know that not everyone wants to edit the stuff that I write, but it doesn't take much to respond with "no thanks, not interested"

In December I contacted one of the editors who said she was available. When she didn't respond, I tried again. Still no response. Surely it is common courtesy to reply.

I now have two stories backed up waiting for an editor.
Because their assholes.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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I'm sorry that the editor you contacted failed to get in touch with you. While December can be a hectic month, someone should have at the very least explained they were too busy at the moment to be of help. If you are still open to using an editor, I would be happy to take a look.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:33 AM   #4
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Because their assholes.
Come on man, its the editor's forum its "they're assholes!"
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:00 AM   #5
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Come on man, its the editor's forum its "they're assholes!"
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:07 AM   #6
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Arseholes? come one guys

I think that's a bit stong. Yes I was peeved at not getting a response, but it's not that bad. I just expected something like "sorry don't have the time after all" or "Your not really in my bag" (60s throwback)
My previous editor, Juicystarchild, will always be a hard act to follow. We became friends and still stay in contact. However, her family must always have first call on her time and editing is a time consuming job. A good one makes a hell of a difference to a story, just ask Ian Rankin.

All I am asking is for an indication that I am waisting my time, so I can look elsewhere. Alternatively, if circumstances change post again saying you are no longer available.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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Why would an editor advertise their availability then not respond to my enquiry? I know that not everyone wants to edit the stuff that I write, but it doesn't take much to respond with "no thanks, not interested"

In December I contacted one of the editors who said she was available. When she didn't respond, I tried again. Still no response. Surely it is common courtesy to reply.

I now have two stories backed up waiting for an editor.
That has happened with me quite a few times. In my opinion there is a good number of college kids in the editors list that don't fully understand what they are posting for.
In my experience posting an editor request into THIS forum has always worked (i.e. let them come to you, do not go looking for them), while requests sent on the editors list have always resulted in a waste of time and no edited work.
If I was in your shoes I'd keep an eye on who took a step here and proposed to look into your work.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:09 AM   #8
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As an editor I have unfortunately done this to authors previously, however there is reason, I was available and willing to edit a number of stories, but unfortunately half way through the month I was struck down with illness and had to be hospitalized, unfortunately I was unable to contact them till after I had gotten better which was 3 weeks later.
I did post on here explaining but it has knocked my confidence a bit when answering editing requests which I am still happy to take but only a set number a month.

Sometimes real life can get in the way, work, family, friends, illness ... and we can't all look into the future, yes it was bad manners to not get in touch, but please don't think us all bad.
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Come on man, its the editor's forum its "they're assholes!"
Thanks for making my point
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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I think that's a bit stong. Yes I was peeved at not getting a response, but it's not that bad. I just expected something like "sorry don't have the time after all" or "Your not really in my bag" (60s throwback)
My previous editor, Juicystarchild, will always be a hard act to follow. We became friends and still stay in contact. However, her family must always have first call on her time and editing is a time consuming job. A good one makes a hell of a difference to a story, just ask Ian Rankin.

All I am asking is for an indication that I am waisting my time, so I can look elsewhere. Alternatively, if circumstances change post again saying you are no longer available.
I was actually provoking a response for yah
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:07 AM   #11
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Come on man, its the editor's forum its "they're assholes!"
C'mon. Maybe the poster just didn't get around to the rest of the sentence and meant to write - Because their assholes are itchy.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #12
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I think that's a bit stong. Yes I was peeved at not getting a response, but it's not that bad. I just expected something like "sorry don't have the time after all" or "Your not really in my bag" (60s throwback)
My previous editor, Juicystarchild, will always be a hard act to follow. We became friends and still stay in contact. However, her family must always have first call on her time and editing is a time consuming job. A good one makes a hell of a difference to a story, just ask Ian Rankin.

All I am asking is for an indication that I am wasting my time, so I can look elsewhere. Alternatively, if circumstances change post again saying you are no longer available.
It seems I owe an apology to the editor concerned. Her internet went down for a month so she didn't receive my requests. I must admit I hadn't thought of that. I will not embarrass them by mentioning the name but I am sorry for misjudging them.

My punishment is that I may have missed out on a good editor.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:54 PM   #13
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It seems I owe an apology to the editor concerned. Her internet went down for a month so she didn't receive my requests. I must admit I hadn't thought of that. I will not embarrass them by mentioning the name but I am sorry for misjudging them.

My punishment is that I may have missed out on a good editor.
This does happen. This is why whenever I send anything, I ask for a message back confirming it was received--and why I always message I've received something. Lots of things get lost in cyberspace, I've found.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #14
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As an editor I have unfortunately done this to authors previously, however there is reason, I was available and willing to edit a number of stories, but unfortunately half way through the month I was struck down with illness and had to be hospitalized, unfortunately I was unable to contact them till after I had gotten better which was 3 weeks later.
I did post on here explaining but it has knocked my confidence a bit when answering editing requests which I am still happy to take but only a set number a month.

Sometimes real life can get in the way, work, family, friends, illness ... and we can't all look into the future, yes it was bad manners to not get in touch, but please don't think us all bad.
I know I was one of those I think you'll find, PM me if you still want to edit
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