Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Why Am I A Mailbox Head?

Do writers ever get publishing acceptances by mail, or does the good news only come by email and phone? Are we all just "waiting by the mailbox" in vain? Please share your postal-publishing experiences. A reader named Heartbreaker, who sent in the question, needs to know.

10 comments:

me said...

I'm not published.... So I can't answer but

that mailbox head is hot!!!

Anonymous said...

Out of 18 acceptances, I've had one arrive by snail (from Fantasist Enterprises). Of course, other nice things arrive in the mailbox, like cheques and contrib copies and so forth, so I like to hover over it, waiting.

-Sarah T.

TIV: the individual voice said...

That is the most incredible mailbox I've ever seen. Uh, what were you saying?

Writer, Rejected said...

Most all good news comes by phone and email. That is true. However, in the mail box (though not the one pictured above), I have received: 1) notification of finalist status for Iowa Review Award; 2) notification of finalist status for the New Letters fiction Award, 3)notification of a quarter finalist for the Potomac Review, 4)grant and fellowship notification, and 4) writer's colony residency acceptances.

I conclude that it's still worth hanging out at the curb to see what the mail carrier drops in the box.

Anonymous said...

I get nothing in the mail. I blame my mailman. He must be an asshole.

Anonymous said...

So basically when a journal accepts a story, they call? (Or email?) Journals don't use the SASE to say yes, is that the jist of it?

Writer, Rejected said...

Yes, that appears to be the case. Anyone know differently?

Anonymous said...

I was managing editor of a lit journal and never used SASE for acceptance, only for rejections. We always emailed or called.

As for publishing, I've always had emails or phone calls. Think my heart wasn't thumping the first time I saw 212 on my cell?

WriterKat said...

I've had 2 journal acceptances - both by email.

Anonymous said...

Rejection letters (and bills) are the only things to come out of the mailbox! So when we wait anxiously for the mailman to come, deep down we're waiting for the next rejection letter. Then we have more reason to b***h and complain about what's wrong with the publishing world!

Correct me if I'm wrong, folks.