Rejected by Clarkesworld By Neil Clarke On 10/09/2012 In clarkesworld magazine, conventions For years, authors have been walking up to me at conventions and declaring, “You rejected me!” Now I have a proper response in business card form: And the back side: Previous And so ends a week of book and ebook design… Next “England under the White Witch” in Clarkesworld Podcast 23 Comments Add Comment → Shannon Ooh! Ooh! I want one! (Or, er, two.) 🙂 10/09/2012 Reply Neil Clarke 🙂 I’ll have some with me at Capclave, World Fantasy and Philcon. Will you be at any of those? 10/09/2012 Reply Besina Those are inspired! You realize you’ve started a *thing* now, right? 🙂 Reject me! Must. Have. Card! (Seriously, want card.) 10/09/2012 Reply Dan Davis Perfect! Heading down toward Atlanta any time soon? Next up: T-shirts? 😉 10/09/2012 Reply Neil Clarke Furthest south I’ll be is Capclave (just outside of DC). SASE is an option for those outside the range of my usual travels. Actually, we tried to do a t-shirt of this one, but I wasn’t happy with the quality of work from the places I tried. 10/09/2012 Reply Samantha Henderson WANT 10/09/2012 Reply Greg Beatty If I ask nicely, will you send mine to Romney? 10/09/2012 Reply Neil Clarke Not unless he send me a story. 10/09/2012 Reply Andrija Popovic I have this in notebook format from ReaderCon. It’s become my default notebook for conferences. 10/09/2012 Reply Neil Clarke That reminds me… I need to get more of those. 10/09/2012 Reply Grayling Fox Sending SASE tomorrow. I’ll carry it proudly. 10/09/2012 Reply Tim Lieder So I just have to find you at a Con and you have those cards? Sweet. Do you have one for “Nick gave me an encouraging rejection letter back in the day when he was rejecting stories” – maybe the same one but with a sad hopeful smile? 10/09/2012 Reply Paul I didn’t even get a rejection. I guess my story was so bad even the intern didn’t want to dwell on it. 10/09/2012 Reply Neil Clarke Really? Did you get a confirmation number from our submissions system? Can’t find anything associated with your email address, even when I go back a few years. 10/09/2012 Reply Geeta I am a card carrying member of Clarkesworld now! 😉 But, honestly, your submission system and response times are perhaps one of the best. 10/10/2012 Reply Jeff Xilon They definitely are! Clarkesworld and Lightspeed are the two best magazines I’ve seen when it comes to submitting things and getting a quick response. 10/10/2012 Reply Ian D Smith I have three. gggrrr Should I stop counting? ;-> 10/10/2012 Reply Halsted M. Bernard I love this! 10/10/2012 Reply Gustavo Bondoni Brilliant. I absolutely need one of those! Sadly won’t be up to cons this year or next… MAybe I can get one in 2014 (and I will certainly rack up a few more rejections in the meantime!). 10/10/2012 Reply Jeff Strand I need to get rejected ASAP! 10/10/2012 Reply John C Wright Not to be a grammar maven, but if “bearer” is singular, the pronoun should also be singular, because the sentence requires agreement of number. (If you reject my comment, of course, technically I am entitled to one of your cards.) 10/11/2012 Reply Neil Clarke Yes, you are technically correct. Unfortunately, English lacks an adequate gender-neutral pronoun, so I went with “them.” I’m not alone in finding it an acceptable alternative: http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/he-or-she-versus-they 10/11/2012 Reply Grayson Bray Morris I’ve given up the fight against “they” as singular third person. It seems clear it’s ultimately going to win, and it honestly is the most elegant of the contenders. (I say this as a longtime “he in one example, she in the next” proponent.) The only thing standing in my way is my 45-year-old “ear”; it just sounds wrong. But I like to think I’m flexible, and I certainly applaud the move to gender-neutral language. 10/26/2012 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.