Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Send Me Your Rejections

Some of the mice are grumbling at the quality of the rejections lately. Things are getting snooze-y around LROD lately, I'm told. My sense of excitement has been called into questions! Perhaps it's a fair criticism: I've been googling for rejections a lot and relying on the kindness of strangers to send me material. You can help a third-gendered blogger out and save the quality of this blog. Send me some of your best (or worst) rejections. I know you've thought about it, but probably never felt like putting the ham sandwich aside to actually sift through the data/papers in your computer/drawers to find evidence that publishing sucks. So, now's your chance. Put the sandwich down, and please, I'm begging you, send me a jpeg of your most prized rejection. Send to: writerrejected [at] aol [dot] com. Thank you. --The Management


Anonymous said...

I think what you need is another knock down drag out between the mfa-ers and the nons. Maybe Nick could make a cameo? Cuz that was all kind of the hey day you know.

melodie said...

One time, a friend of mine received a rejection slip that was printed on the back of a page from someone else's manuscript.

I don't think he'd scan it for you, though. He didn't see the humour in it.

Anonymous said...

I have another one of Agni's ubiquitous "this is not our standard rejection" rejections, but you've done that to death.

How about a little hand-wringing about being stuck interminably on "in progress" on submishmash?

Anonymous said...

I'd be grateful for weekly critiques of Rachelle Gardner's desperate blog followers who cheer her every post.

Anonymous said...

Here's one I got on my birthday:

We have carefully considered your submission, "XXXXXXXXXX" and regret that we do not have a place for it in Indiana Review at this time. We do appreciate your support and hope you try us again in the future.

The Editors

Do they really hope that? REALLY? Unlikely.

Anonymous said...

I really hate that "carefully considered." Agni sends that too--and anyone looking at can tell that they reject hundreds of people all in an hour (those posts are still up, so check them out). I mean, let's face it, it is just a lie. Who are they kidding? How can they expect readers of the journal to take them seriously when they simply lie like that? I'd be interested to know, exactly, how many submissions are rejected in an hour, if they get past the cover letter, or if they only read half the cover letter and then click, "Decline."

Anonymous said...

Showing us more (and more) rejection slips has been done to death, w/r.
The first anonymous is right. This site has lost all energy. It's so polite and placid.
Instead, examine how the publishing world works, not the forms they send out to losers (like me).