Monday, March 22, 2010
Are We On a First Name Basis?
"Dear [First Name of Writer]:
Thank you for the opportunity to consider your manuscript for publication by ChiZine Publications. We enjoyed reading your novel, but, after careful consideration, we regretfully advise that we are unable to accept it for publication.
This is one of the saddest rejection letters I’ve had to write because I really enjoyed your novel. I thought it was funny, engaging, and well written. I don’t even have any substantive criticism to give you because, yeah, it works. I just don’t think it fits with the profile of the material we’re trying to publish right now. It’s not you, it’s us. I do hope this finds a print publisher because I’d like to read the final version.
Your interest in our press is genuinely appreciated, and we wish you the best for your ongoing writing endeavours.
Sincerely, Helen Marshall
It really is them, isn't it? Oh, Helen, Helen, Helen: What a sad, sad world this is.