dear complaint department,
i hope you're well. i agree that i am a bad editor. however,
it's polite to read the instructions. on the submissions page, i clearly state that:
"the editor doesn’t have time for feedback, critiquing work, etc."
and it's my bad because that "etc." includes, rejection emails.i don't have time for rejection emails because they're bullshit.they're not nice. they're not helpful. if i decided to simply say "no". i'm not helping anyone.if i decided to say more than "no", i would be giving some type of "feedback"and i don't have time for that. sorry but i just don't.
i get too many emails and have other things to do with this life.if i decided to say more than "no", it would be bullshit.it would be subjective. "sorry, this is not a good fit". has anyone ever gotten a rejection email that has made them feel good?
not me. if you have, please share in the comment section.
"your poem is cool but we're looking for something else".
if you try to make me feel bad by saying things like "ana c! please reply to me! it's rude to ignore!" (this, unfortunately, has happened in the past),
you're not going to succeed. i'm not going to all of a sudden change my mind because you're telling me i'm rude. it's true. i can be a bitch. i don't care if you call me names. i'm stubborn.
freedom of speech is cool, right?
i'm not here to be friends. i'm not here to please you. i'm here to sometimes publish things that you can like or hate or whatever. i'm here to do whatever i want. just like you.
i am a bad editor but sometimes i share good things and disagree with this:
"So I guess if you don’t know her personally your submission won’t even be read, much less published."
i have no idea who a lot of the people i publish are. frequently, i publish people and never talk to them again. so no, i don't know people personally. i don't have their number. we don't text emojis to each other.
i have made some friends through this. we did or didn't know each other and now we're friends.
i'm sorry we live in a world were we interact and sometimes friendship happens.
i have published people i dislike on social media but if i like their writing, i publish it.
things i reject:
racist poems (i get them)
sexist poems (i also get them)
poems i don't like (sorry, this is subjective but life is too)
I'M A BAD EDITOR: there's plenty of good poems in my inbox, i know. but because i've taken breaks and because grad school happened and because many deaths happened, i have no idea if some of those poems are still available. and to me, it seems ridiculous to reply "hey is this still available" after x months have gone by. and whenever i did, they weren't. who is going to wait for me? we need to move on.
i recently started nwv in spanish and definitely have no idea who the majority of these writers are. i'm rejected by spanish speaking writers for the most part, so you're incorrect but i can see how you can misinterpret things. (re "So I guess if you don’t know her personally your submission won’t even be read, much less published.")
ultimately, i don't owe anyone any explanations/excuses and probably no one cares but i felt sad that someone would think i just publish people i know. i would be very popular if i knew more than the 300 artists i've published in the past. my high school dream, come true.
"NWV had a reputation of discovering new writers but now they just seem to publish the well established ones."
i like that i'm more than one person in the review. i'm "they". but my name is part of the title and that means just one ana. if i was more than one, none of this would've happened. just kidding. it would've because i don't believe in rejection emails. do you have any idea how many people don't reply to job applications? i do.
GET READY THO!
I HAVE A PROJECT COMING OUT SOON. I INVITED GIRLS I KNOW VIA FACEBOOK OR IRL OR TWITTER, ETC. AND I ASKED THEM TO INVITE OTHER GIRLS, AND SOME DIDN'T REPLY BECAUSE IT'S OKAY TO IGNORE ME. AND SOME WEREN'T CURIOUS ENOUGH TO ASK. WE DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING WE DON'T WANT TO DO. SO GUESS WHAT? ;)
p.s. sorry i'm a bad editor.