I need some advice.
Back in November of 2010, I submitted a story to an anthology being edited by someone with lots of credentials and experience. I’m not quite ready to say which anthology or which editor because I don’t want to burn any bridges, but I never received a receipt for my submission. This is fairly common, however, so I didn’t worry.
When I still hadn’t heard anything in February, I sent a follow-up email, like I’m supposed to, asking for an update on the status of the anthology.
When I received no reply to that email, in March I commented on the blog post advertising the anthology.
Still without any update, today I used the contact form on the editor’s website to send him a note asking that he please respond with some information about the anthology.
If I don’t receive a response to this final missive, should I withdraw my story from the anthology? I am loathe to do that, but clearly he’s not interested in it, and there are other places that might be interested in publishing it (even though I wrote it specifically for this anthology).
I guess that’s one of the drawbacks to writing stories specifically for particular anthologies. If a story is rejected, it’s harder to find a new home for it, though I suspect that this one can find a home elsewhere. Hopefully I’ll hear from that editor in the next few days and I can make a decision.
Anyway, what would you do?