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Monday, July 9, 2007

Shh! Stories Sleeping

This editor found my story collection to be "a bit quiet." Probably the stories were just taking a little nap for a minute. You should see them when they are at a party. Very rowdy.


The Quoibler said...

"A bit quiet".

Boy, rejections are getting more and more creative. I guess there must be a book they look through with different ways to say "no".

Writer, Rejected said...

Quoib: I think it must get tedious to have to say no all the time. Did you check out what the editors are saying on this blog about how impossible it is (even if you are not posting rejections) to publish literary fiction? It's really even more depressing than I thought to hear it straight from the horses mouth. Makes you really understand all those people who say that books are dying.

The Quoibler said...

At least they are getting decent queries/manuscripts, which tells me that writers aren't giving up.

I recently blogged about kids not being able to write their ways out of paper bags (or plastic bags if they aren't into saving the environment.) So it's kind of heartening to know that SOMEONE can string together a logical sentence, even if it's ultimately rejected.

That being said, I agree it's disappointing to hear "there's no market" for decent literature. But there is apparantly a shockingly large market for crappola.

I was always warned that "life wasn't fair." Damn. My parents might have had something!

Writer, Rejected said...

Your Mom and Pop sure were right. And I shouldn't be such a whiner, I know. I don't get how other writers keep their spirits up. (p.s. nice use of the word "crapola" in that sentence.)

The Quoibler said...

Oh, is it "crapola" instead of "crappola"? I couldn't figure out which version to use.

: )

Writer, Rejected said...

Oh, I didn't even realize we'd used different versions. Mine must have been the French. Both are acceptable on this blog.

Anonymous said...

That's some crazy signature she's got.