Record-setting rejection speed!

Recall that I submitted a story to Baen’s Universe on Friday? Just a moment ago, I received a rejection from one of their editorial assistants, only 3 days after submitting the story (and two of those days made up the weekend)!

It was not a complete form-letter rejection. I at least received some feedback on why the story was rejected:

In this case, we did’t feel that the story’s events unfolded quickly enough. There are many reasons this happens; among them, too much infodumping, excessive description, and long sequences of internal contemplation.

Well, this evening, I’m going to send them my novella, “Graveyard Shift” because that story does unfold quickly. It’s like a toboggan ride down an ice-flume.

One rejection: one submission. It all balances out.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.