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Letting me down gently

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  • Letting me down gently

    I have gotten some great rejections lately---- rejections, great or not, are a writer's first experience, and until you are at the level of Steven King or Robert B. Parker you are just going to have them as a part of your everyday world.
    But the last three or four in a row have had a much different tone than I am used to. The one I got today made me laugh out loud:

    Hi. I really enjoyed your story. If only we'd gotten a dozen more this good. But we didn't. As a result, Lodestone has been put on hold. Sorry to have kept you waiting. I hoped to get some good submissions between now and when you submitted, but didn't.

    True or not, this is almost at the level of the apochryphal rejection from a Japanese magazine where the editor declined because printing it would be so close to the ultimate expression on the topic that printing any other story after would be unnecesary.

  • #2
    what the.....

    Does that mean that your story is too good for them?

    Is that like being overqualified?

    Thanks for sharing that.

    I am sorry that it was rejected, MichaelEhart.

    "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
    - Michael Moorcock


    • #3
      Surely the person who wrote that should be in the diplomatic corps. If only more people could be this polite when they say no.
      You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.


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