After I clicked “SEND” on my submission to “The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction” I came up with the word ‘hectonaire’.
My chain of thought went like this:
- MF&SF pays upwards for 6 cents USD a word – which means my story would net me around $190 when they published it.
- It wouldn’t be millions, but I sure could take my family out to celebrate and buy a good friend of mine a nice bottle of booze.
- If a millionaire is someone who has million dollars or more, what do you call someone who has a hundred dollars or more?
This instantly gave me a word for my imagined, new found fortune. A hectonaire. Feel free to use it at your leisure. I know I will use it somewhere in a story sometime soon.
But, it turns out, that MF&SF wasn’t interested in my story. Which is great news. Because I got two things out of it that I didn’t have before I sent it.
- Practically instantaneous feedback!
The editor got back to me in less than a week. That feels incredible to me. Someone other than me and my friend Corrie was reading something that I wrote.
- A personal response from the editor!
Either that, or a really well worded form letter. But I am working with the belief that he took the time to craft this for my benefit. My heart swells every time I read it (which is about a dozen times so far in the last few hours). Here it is:
Thank you for giving me a chance to read “Beowulf Presley – Ninja Hunter.” Unfortunately, this story didn’t quite grab me and I’m going to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction. I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it and hope that you’ll keep us in mind in the future.
C.C. Finlay, Editor
Fantasy & Science Fiction
fandsf.com | @fandsf
Who cares about being a hectonaire when I got stuff like this going on?
I think I will stay in submission mode for the rest of the month – going back over stories that I have in draft, polishing them up, and then sending them out.
Today is a good day, folks.