Friday, June 17, 2011

Rejection slip to a Publisher

Those of us who practice the unpredictable art of writing are more than familiar with the rejection slip – some of them carefully constructed to let you down in the most gentle way; others written by a robot programmed with an auto pen. Fellow blogger Kathy-Diane Leveille presented this example from an anonymous author …
Dear Publisher,

Thank you for your rejection of my short story “Rain” dated October 22. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to publish my short story at this time.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite your literary magazines outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting submissions, I find that your rejection isn’t quite right for my needs at this time. Therefore, “Rain” will be published in your next edition. Please keep in mind that this is a subjective process and that my opinion does not reflect the opinion of all writers.

Best of luck in rejecting future submissions.

Writer Extraordinaire


Wisewebwoman said...

I've seen similar to these letters before Veep, always good for a chuckle.
I want to wish you a good move, I don't know how far you're moving and distances can be so far here but all the best to you and I hope your new domicile is good to you but not in one way:
"May your home always be too small to hold all your friends."
which is an old Irish saying. And thanks for your wonderful wish in your comments on mine.

Government Funded Blogger said...

love that one! LOL

ViewPoint2010 said...

Hi WWW, returning to "the mainland". Will be settled again in the first week or so of July. In the meantime, MORE books to pack! :-(