Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I Have Rejected >1000 Books
Have a peek into the mind of rejecting book editor, Jean Hannah Edelstein, here. Isn't it exactly what you've always expected you'd find if you cracked open one of those nuts? Here's a highlight: "...writing rejection letters is a delicate skill, one that must be fine-tuned over time (weeks, even) as one digs out from under the slush pile. For it is not easy to achieve and balance the two central goals of a truly accomplished rejection letter: trying not to make the writer feel distraught whilst also discouraging him or her from ever contacting you ever again." Nice. I wonder if Bill Shapiro will take one of her "carefully crafted pieces of heartbreaking" rejection in his forthcoming book Other People's Rejection Letters. Maybe as a measure of karma, he should reject Ms. Edelstein, though even I wouldn't wish that on my worst editor...er, enemy.