Ever since high school I’d spend many an evening reading Asimov’s. It’s one of the few publications that have stayed constant through the decades of change in the publishing industry. As you can probably guess, it’s always been a dream of mine to be published there.
The only problem is, I’ve never submitted a story there. Obviously my dream has no chance of being fulfilled unless I summon the courage to take the chance. Just for grins, I read the stats on Duotrope. Their acceptance ratio is roughly one in three hundred. That also ignores the fact any story submitted has to compete with scores of well-established authors.
For some reason a case of insanity overcame me tonight and I submitted my recently completed novella Beneath Europa to Asimov’s. Considering the level of competition, I feel like I’m marching the story off on a suicide mission. On the other hand, I suppose in a few weeks I won’t have to spend the rest of my life asking myself what would have happened had I sent this to Asimov’s. I guess what I’m asking is for someone to tell me I’m not crazy for even thinking I have a chance. Or, if you do think I am crazy at least tell me in a kindly way. J