Revision pays off

Good news — I got word that an article of mine will be published next year. This is an article I sent to another journal a year or two ago, which got rejected because they weren’t terribly impressed with the argument, and which I then sent out to another journal immediately without changing a single word. This journal asked me to revise and resubmit it, and, interestingly, the reader’s report didn’t say a word about the argument, but instead asked me to work on describing the argument more fully in the introduction and then revising the prose, cleaning up sentences and wording and such. I just needed to find the right place, apparently. I got word today that they’re accepting this revision, and the report included these marvelous sentences: “I think the author has done an admirable job of revising this essay,” and “I would like to congratulate the author for working so hard to revise the essay to bring it to its full potential.” Woo-hoo!

Actually, I should change the post title to “Sometimes revision pays off,” as I’m glad I didn’t revise the essay after the first journal rejected it but happy I revised it for the second journal.

Oh, if you’re interested, the article is on Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey.

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15 responses to “Revision pays off

  1. hepzibah

    wow, that’s amazing dorothy! It must feel great to get such a compliment from the editors.

    Can we access it?

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  2. Yay Dorothy! That’s lovely. When it comes out, do let us know. I’d like to hear that argument, the one you stuck with so smartly.

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  3. How exciting! Congratulations, Dorothy!

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  4. Excellent. Please be sure to tell us when it is printed or are you allowed to print the article in your blog?

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  5. Congratulations, dorothy! isn’t it bizarre how different readers focus on completely different things? I’ve sometimes wondered if I’ve sent the same article out on some occasions! Just goes to show how subjective people’s criticisms are,

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  6. Congratulations Dorothy!🙂 What wonderful feedback! It must be very gratifying to see your name in print and to know that it got there through your hardwork.

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  7. Congratulations, please let us know which journal it’s in. I’d love to read it.

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  8. Congratulations! And I’d like to read the article when it’s available.

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  9. Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments! I do appreciate it! The article won’t be freely available online, but I can give you information when it comes out on how to find it through your library, or I can email it to anyone who wants it. It’ll be in the journal Eighteenth-Century Novel.

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  10. How exciting! I bet my library either subscribes to the journal or has access online–you’ll have to let us know which issue it appears in! Congratulations.

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  11. Congratulations, Dorothy. At first I thought, “Hey, I’ve read that book” but when I clicked to the link I realized I was thinking of Flaubert’s “Sentimental Education.”
    You have such an eclectic [and I mean that in the sense of admirable] range of reading material in your repertoire, as evidenced here, in the Sterne book, and in your blog of today… your list of soon-to-be-reads.
    Cheers.

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  12. This is fantastic – Congratulations!

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