Making of "The Reunion"
This page is a work in progress
"The Reunion" started out as part of a personal journal or diary that
I used to keep. Later I shared it with a few friends and some online
friends on CompuServe. They encouraged me to try to publish it. I wouldn't
listen at first. Finally I sent it to
magazine just to prove them wrong. In a few weeks I got a letter and a phone
call from Editor-in-Chief Deborah Paul. She said she started to whip out
her typical form letter rejecting it because...
But she started reading it and couldn't put it down. She loved it and
hated to reject it. She showed it to the other editors and they liked it too.
Finally she concluded...
- They never publish first-person essays
- It doesn't fit their general format
- It is WAY too long.
- ALL OF THE ABOVE
"Chris, you've put your soul on paper", she explained. "We only want half
your soul". She said they would agree to publish a shorter version or I could
try to get the whole thing published elsewhere. If I stuck with them, she said
she would normally edit it herself but since this was such a personal story
she would let me cut it first. I cut about 40% and resubmitted it. They
cut a few more things and even put back a paragraph or two.
- Just because they never publish first-person essays doesn't mean they
- Hey! I'm the editor. I say what does or doesn't fit the general format!
- It is still WAY too long.
"Indianapolis Monthly" now regularly publishes articles written in first
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Click here to read about what happened afterwards
and the awards it won.
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Last updated:March 7, 1996
Please write me: Chris Young