If you read this blog regularly you know that I am a true fan of Duotrope.com. I am, in fact, one of those users who actually does donate to the site in an effort to keep it accessible to all. I love the frequent market updates, the theme calendar, the information on new markets, the free newsletters. For the most part, I think Duotrope’s just peachy.
But if I do have a problem with Duotrope, here it is: Sometimes, the site is just a little too generous, as far as its submission response records are concerned. Too ample for this practicing writer’s own good, anyway.
Perhaps some of you can empathize. Maybe you’ve sent a story or a set of poems out. Maybe you’ve seen, on Duotrope, a series of responses coming back–rejections AND acceptances–for others who evidently submitted work to the same litmag(s) after you sent yours.
So maybe you also go back through your own records and log onto the particular litmag’s online system. Maybe you discover that your work is STILL being considered (or so the system says). You e-mail the litmag’s editors (after rechecking to verify that you’ve waited out an appropriate interval). Nothing. What’s going on?
You check Duotrope again. And again. That’s the “problem” with Duotrope. Sometimes, it’s a little TOO accessible.
Am I alone in this mini-obsession? Or can any of you identify?