Thursday, October 2, 2008
An Accounting Error for the Ages
I got a lot write-ins about this story, which came through slushpile, through Galley Cat, originally reported by Poets & Writers. It seems that the bookkeeper at the Academy Chicago Publishers is the one responsible for all those rejections! Guess she got sick of counting and of seeing the mail piling so high, so thought she'd put everyone out of misery by just going ahead and getting it over with. The only reason founding editors Jordan and Anita Miller realized the accountant's mistake was that their "big pile of submissions" wasn't getting any bigger. The bookkeeper apparently didn't write personalized letters or even fill in the blanks with salutation and name of manuscript. The editors' response? "We were horrified."