In November, I had a story accepted into a token paying market called Eschatology Journal. The editor told me the story would run on December 5th, but when that day arrived he emailed me to say they were having technical difficulties.
No problem, I said, even though I had some suspicions. WordPress isn't that difficult to maintain.
I checked in again around December 20th, and received another vague, but placating response. In the next few days, three new stories were published, which didn't jive with what I'd been told about the technical issues. And then yesterday I received an email that the journal was closing its doors and my story was being released back to me.
You know, these things happen. I don't know the editor's situation, and in the long run, he probably did me a favor. But I'm still disappointed I won't be able to share this story yet. I'm disappointed by the way the editor chose to handle communications. I'm disappointed that I could have been submitting that story elsewhere in the two+ months he held onto the story.
To put it in perspective, I stood to make $12.45 on this publication. As far as I can tell, this is why my story was released back to me.
So that happened, and there's not much point in dwelling on it. Just wanted to let you know why that *other* story I'd mentioned didn't go up.
Let's leave this on a positive note. If you're looking for a token market that behaves professionally and communicates respectfully with its authors, I wholeheartedly recommend Mad Scientist Journal.