Thursday, October 11, 2007

Editorial professionalism

I hinted at it before, but now that Dean Alfar has mentioned it in his blog, I can say it out loud now: my first ever short story is part of the Philippine Speculative Fiction Anthology Vol. 3.

Tickled pink? Absolutely! I did the dance of joy (and no, you don't want to see that.)

This I must say, though: as an editor, what impresses me most about Dean is his promptness and professionalism. A couple of days after the deadline, I got an email acknowledging receipt of my submission, and not a machine-generated one, at that.

More than that is the fact that he actually responds with a critique of the work. My first attempt for the anthology two years ago was rejected, and rightly so (although it hurt at the time.) What I did appreciate was the short email (no more than two sentences) pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the story.

Now that's the kind of editor I want to write for.

Thanks, Dean.


  1. great going dominique! congratulations!!

  2. Thanks for your kind words :) I wish I could give more of a critique these days, but sadly time is so short. I'm glad you wrote this story (Nikki and I were smiling as we took turns reading it) after I declined your previous text two years ago. Your writing now is so insightful and delicious to read. I can't wait for more.

  3. Awww...thanks, Dean and Nikki. Now I'm really blushing.

    My short story class at Ateneo de Davao really helped. My teacher Don Pagusara is a bit of a rascal, so one has to take what one can get, but his reading list composed of Palanca winners, Chekhov, Hemingway, Sartre, and others refined my tastes.

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  5. This will definitely be on my Christmas reading list. :D

  6. Cool, man. Congrats! :-) Though I always had the impression you've got published creds under your belt. ;-)

  7. Thanks, you guys!

    BC: Congratulations, too! Glad to be sharing space with you. And...I have a weekly column in a small-circulation community newspaper and some technical publications. And this blog ;-) But this is my first published fiction.