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Title: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on September 25, 2013, 11:01 AM
Has anyone ever received a fiction acceptance but not gotten a bear card? I have a ms with them that I think will ultimately get a rejection because I haven't gotten a bear card, but I would love to have some hope!  :)
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Vijaya on September 25, 2013, 11:42 AM
Moi! Keep the faith and hope!
Vijaya
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: CarolineT on September 25, 2013, 12:26 PM
I don't have experience submitting fiction to Highlights, but I received an acceptance on a non-fic piece and never got a bear card. I hope that helps a little!

Best of luck!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Sara on September 25, 2013, 12:37 PM
How long have they had the ms?
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on September 25, 2013, 01:37 PM
About 7 weeks.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: CarrieF on September 25, 2013, 03:26 PM
I've had poetry accepted without a bear card. Don't uncross those fingers yet!
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Post by: Sara on September 25, 2013, 04:57 PM
And I've received bear cards after 7 weeks. Don't despair!
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Post by: JennaWren on September 25, 2013, 05:24 PM
Seven weeks is no time at all -- a blip. Don't despair! Keep the faith!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: RebeccaL-G on September 25, 2013, 06:27 PM
Seven weeks is nothing, as another poster said.  Publishing moves s-l-o-w-l-y.  There should be a street sign in front of publishing houses that says
SLOW
Editors
at work
(comma omission intentional)
And yes, I've had an acceptance without a bear card. I've also had a rejection after getting a bear card (more than once). 
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: SavannahHendricks on September 25, 2013, 08:23 PM
Back in 2004 I submitted a fiction piece to them. In 2005 I received a acceptance, I don't even know if they were doing bear cards then LOL.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Wendy Martin on September 26, 2013, 06:01 AM
Bear card?
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on September 26, 2013, 06:33 AM
Thank you all for your responses and for giving me some hope! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :thanx:

Wendy, Highlights sometimes sends a postcard with bears if they're seriously considering a manuscript and it will take a while to get back to you with a final decision.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: awful waffles on September 26, 2013, 07:56 AM
I've received bear cards for submissions to High Five and Hello, but not from Highlights. 
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Ev on September 26, 2013, 08:50 AM
Back in 2004 I submitted a fiction piece to them. In 2005 I received a acceptance, I don't even know if they were doing bear cards then LOL.

I think back then Highlights was sending what authors called "scale cards." They apparently had a picture of a balance scale on them and something about your piece still being weighed in the balance. It was when I was first starting to sub to magazines, so I never saw one myself, but I heard other writers refer to them. Maybe one of the long-timers will chime in about them?
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Jan Fields on September 27, 2013, 10:09 AM
I'm pretty sure the "bear cards" are sent when a first reader passes the manuscript along to the appropriate editor. IF your piece lands on the desk of the appropriate editor without that first reading (because you have the right editor's name on it or you have sold them things before or they recognize your name or a friendly comet  :flame: managed to smuggle you past the grumpy viking :grrr then you skip over the step that prompts a "bear" card and simply get either a rejection or an acceptance. I'm pretty sure that's how it works...I could be wrong. I've been wrong once or twice before. But I think that's it.  :grin3
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on October 21, 2013, 03:01 PM
I am so bummed. After 2.5 months I just got a form R from Highlights on a rebus. :(
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: JodyJS on October 21, 2013, 05:06 PM
Hang in there, Starfish.
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Post by: Sara on October 21, 2013, 07:06 PM
Sorry, Starfish! Keep trying...
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Post by: DianaM on October 22, 2013, 05:27 AM
Sorry, Starfish! Rejections stink. :(  Best thing you can do is get something back out there. Maybe read a few issues to get inspiration.
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Post by: Schriscoe on October 23, 2013, 08:52 PM
So sorry Stafish. Yes, do keep trying. It took me 3 years of subbing before they finally bought one of mine(mine is with High Five). NOW I am 'about' to have sale #2. Just sent the editor the last few changes and she said we will be good to go(sure hope that means a contract in editor language? we will see) But anyways, read their magazines over and over again and keep subbing to them --- it will happen!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Vijaya on October 24, 2013, 06:13 PM
Sorry, Starfish. As Sharon says, keep on trying. I remember having several rejections and after a few times there was a little note saying, "try us again" and I kept at it and they've been wonderful to work with.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on October 28, 2013, 01:53 PM
Thank you, Jody, Sara, Diana, Schriscoe, and Vijaya. I did enjoy my one fiction acceptance with HL a couple of years ago. I just hope it wasn't a fluke. I haven't had much time to sub though (twin toddlers). At any rate, I've moved on to another project. :)

Congratulations, Schriscoe! What wonderful news!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Vijaya on October 29, 2013, 08:46 AM
Just wanted to chime in to say I got a bear card in the mail ... it's been a while so it's fun to have.
Vijaya
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Post by: CarrieF on October 29, 2013, 09:33 AM
Congratulations, Vijaya! Good mail is always nice.
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Post by: JodyJS on October 29, 2013, 10:07 AM
Yay, Vijaya!
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Post by: Schriscoe on October 29, 2013, 10:54 AM
YAY Vijaya!

I got my contract by email today from High Five. This is my second sale to them. I really like working with Kathleen!! Both of mine are going to be mini books(at least that is what I was told:) )
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Vijaya on October 29, 2013, 11:24 AM
Sharon, minibooks? That's wonderful!

Thanks for the encouragement on the bear card, ladies, but let's wait to see if these bears materialize. But I do so love them even if it's not a sure thing.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Schriscoe on October 29, 2013, 11:41 AM
Sharon, minibooks? That's wonderful!

Thanks for the encouragement on the bear card, ladies, but let's wait to see if these bears materialize. But I do so love them even if it's not a sure thing.

Vijaya

The bear card are so cute and so much fun! Minibooks are the little stories in the back of HIgh Five that can be pulled out folded up and made into a little book. They are cute. Both of my sales are counting stories so it works well for the minibook.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Andi W. on October 29, 2013, 12:25 PM
 :congratswave
Congrats. Sharon!!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: DianaM on October 29, 2013, 12:38 PM
Yay, Vijaya!! I just got a bear card from High Five a few days ago. Always nice to open the mailbox and find something fun inside! Fingers crossed.

Congratulations, Sharon! That's awesome! My daughter LOVES the mini books. And I agree--Kathleen is so lovely to work with.

And good luck with your new project, Starfish! :clover
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on October 29, 2013, 12:42 PM
Congrats, Sharon!  :yay

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Vijaya! A bear card is still something to celebrate!  :goodluck

Thank you, Diana!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Ev on October 30, 2013, 05:32 PM
Yay, Sharon, on that sale!  :partytime And I, of course, always celebrate extra for anything that helps kids with math.  ;)

Congrats, Vijaya and Diana, on your bear cards!  :flowers2 I'll be pulling for you that they turn into acceptances.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: CarrieF on November 02, 2013, 08:02 AM
I've been bad about submitting this year, but finally sent some poems to High Five a couple of weeks ago - and just got a bear card back! Something to smile about today...
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Sara on November 02, 2013, 08:20 AM
Yay, CarrieF! Good luck!
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Post by: JodyJS on November 02, 2013, 11:08 AM
Yay, Carrie! Way to get your work out there.
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Post by: DianaM on November 03, 2013, 04:15 AM
That's great, Carrie! In fact, it's beary nice. Hee hee! Good luck!
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Post by: Andi W. on November 03, 2013, 04:33 AM
 :) Good luck with the subs, Carrie!
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Post by: Schriscoe on November 03, 2013, 05:06 AM
YAY!!! Carrie! I hope that bear card turns into a contract soon!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on November 03, 2013, 06:01 AM
Good luck, Carrie! And good luck, Diana (didn't see your bear card the first time around)!
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Post by: Vijaya on November 03, 2013, 07:14 AM
Hooray for more bear cards ... may they turn into contracts :)
Vijaya
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: awful waffles on November 03, 2013, 12:42 PM
 :paper Yay, Carrie and Diana! The waiting is easier to bear now that you know they're seriously looking at your work!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: DianaM on November 04, 2013, 05:25 AM
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The waiting is easier to bear now
  LOL!!

Thanks, all. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Ev on November 09, 2013, 07:52 PM
Congrats on the bear card, Carrie!  :goodluck  I hope it becomes an acceptance soon.
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: CarrieF on November 10, 2013, 04:45 PM
Thanks, Ev. Me, too!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: awful waffles on December 08, 2013, 01:02 PM
Starfish--my friend Kathy sold a piece to Highlights years ago--then had the next TEN submissions rejected!  She has gone on to sell more than pieces 20 to Highlights, High Five and Hello, so do not give up!!
Title: Re: Highlights bear cards
Post by: Starfish on December 10, 2013, 06:03 PM
Thanks, Deborah, I needed to hear that! I definitely don't plan to ever give up. I just wish I had more writing time. My two little ones are working overtime being mischievous. :)