Thursday, May 15, 2008

Why Waste Paper?

Here's one from today's mailbag: "I once received my query letter and manuscript returned from an agent without a rejection letter. Just a charming rubber stamp message on the top of my letter.  It said REFUSED."

10 comments:

The Quoibler said...

As callous as this sounds, it's damn efficient. Gotta like that aspect of the rejection...

Quoiby

Anonymous said...

Okay, maybe this isn't the place to ask, but I'm going to anyway. A couple months ago I sent out like 20-30 manuscripts and SASEs. Problem is, the price of stamps has since gone up and I didn't use those forever stamps things. Should I still expect responses or write it off?

Maria said...

The magazines will pay for the extra postage to mail their response.

JohnFox said...

Well, most journals will.

Writer Reading said...

I'm all for minimalism. As long as it doesn't say "Refuse".

bookfraud said...

"refused" is better than "this sucked ass" or such. but it's still not good.

that said, i don't know why it's that much harder to send out a form letter.

Writer, Rejected said...

Or, maybe they should save the paper and just devise a serious of stamps: Not For Us; Terrible; Loved it; Sorry; Go Away; Dumb; Almost!

etc.

peterc said...

WR you forgot Alas!

Writer, Rejected said...

Yes! Of course! How could I? Alas.

Jenny said...

LOL! Not much meat, but what's there is cherce.