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The Query Trigger

So I have a couple stories that have been ‘under consideration’ for close to a year by some respectable magazines that generally respond much sooner.

Now the responsible thing for me to do is to query them and find out if the submission or the reply was lost in the ether.

But I won’t do that.

See I’m generally not a superstitious kind of guy. I regularly walk under ladders and kick (cross paths with) black cats and so on. The science degree makes that inevitable.

But when it comes to query letters I am superstitious.


Because out of the dozens of query letters I’ve sent asking about the status of a story 99.9% have come back as rejections… usually immediately and going something like this:

That story? Oh yeah, we totally rejected that ages ago. Sorry we forgot to tell you but we assumed you have given up on the whole writing thing and wouldn’t mind.

Basically if I send the query letter it is the equivalent of me handing the editor a loaded gun. And the victim is my story.

So no, I won’t be sending out any queries this time around. Maybe once they have reached their one year anniversaries I’ll brave my luck.

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.