So, hypothetically speaking, you know, I have this friend… Okay, no, I don’t have this friend.
Suppose I have this story, and my friend said it sucked last July, and I’d had it critiqued at a writing workshop in September and rewritten it so much that a unix diff on the files leaves me scratching my head and wondering where the untouched parts are and whether they exist, but there is the same premise and the same characters and all.
Is this a new story when I go to submit it?
- Yes, it’s a new story. Submit like the wind!
- No, it’s the same story. You’ve burned the story at the markets that saw the old version. Sucks to be you.
- It depends on the editor.
How embarrassed should I be that I don’t know the answer to this question?
- A moderate amount.
- Not at all.
If I submit like the wind, should I say something to the markets that saw the previous version? If so, what should I say?
- It’s rude to not mention it. Say something like this.
- It’s a new story. Don’t mention it.
- Tell them it’s a “reboot” of the other story.
- Do something else, which I will detail in comments.