I got a rejection yesterday that I’m really happy about! Sheila Williams said of my story “Mutual Feelings”: “This story was interesting, but it isn’t right for Asimov’s.”
It’s an erotic and disturbing science fiction story centered around the problems caused by a futuristic sex toy. I honestly didn’t think it would be right for Asimov’s, but, well… urged me to try. :-) I wouldn’t have been surprised to get back a form telling me to read their guidelines, so I’m honestly pleased.
Cecilia Tan had held onto “Mutual Feelings” for two and a half years (with my permission) and assured me when she eventually rejected it that it was a great story she was sure I’d sell. I looked over it again after that (since it had been a while :-)), made the dialogue more natural, and fixed something that was causing the ending not to work for some readers. Asimov’s is the first place I’d sent it to since, so again, I’m really pleased. I think I’ll be able to find the right fit for it eventually.