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Monday, February 28, 2011
"Showing us more (and more) rejection slips has been done to death, w/r...This site has lost all energy. It's so polite and placid." Is this dude right? Have I lost my edge? It's confusing because I started the blog to make myself feel better and then I continued it because people said it made them feel better. But maybe my time is run out. Certainly, I am no longer the only one posting rejections on the world wide web. And I think it's true that when I'm revising my novel, I lose a little bit of steam to fuel the blog. It's a good question for discussion. Is it time to pack it in? What you guys honestly think, and not just all the positive answers that are meant to be nice to me because you are nice mice? I'm looking for objective opinions.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Writes the Editor to the Agent whilst Rejecting the Author's Work:
"Sorry you’ve had to chase on this, and I’m also sorry to say that it’s not going to be one for us. The writing, for me, just didn’t seem to have the elusive spark."(Why do they speak to each other this way?)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hello: I'm writing with BOMB Magazine to tell you about our Fiction Contest, judged by Rivka Galchen. I'm thinking Literary Rejections on Display readers might be into it—the winner receives 500$ and their story gets published in our upcoming literary supplement. I'm hoping you make a blog post or tweet about it, so that we have a chance of getting some stories from your readers. The deadline is April 16, and full guidelines are here. Also, there's a Facebook Page. Best, SamSo have at it, mice. Make all the LROD kingdom proud.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This rejection is just in from an LROD reader:
Dear Author: We are sorry these poems did not work out for New Ohio Review, but please consider submitting other poems to our contest (deadline March 10) -- the entry fee includes a one-year subscription. See our guidelines. Best Wishes, The EditorsSays the recipient of this rejection: "I submitted fiction. Not poetry." Because the electronic submission do-hickey listed this writer's submission as fiction, there is some question about the error. Like, did someone press the wrong button? Or did no one really read the work?
Monday, February 21, 2011
These were the days when they held your story manuscript for you to come pick up. Paper was a lot more valuable in those days, or maybe it was because typing was difficult, and you couldn't just press "print" on your computer. Anyway, too bad about "Beneath the Ashes." I do believe Robert Silverberg probably published the story somewhere. If it's the same guy, who is a prolific science fiction writer. He would have been 14 when he sent this out. Not sure. Maybe one of you sci-fi mice can enlighten us.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
check it out.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your work. Much as we admire it, we regret that we are unable to carry it in the magazine. Warmest regards, The Editors
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A variation on the theme. Seems like overkill to me. And, I don't know, is the daughter of the President a private citizen? I guess so. But, come on, Osso Bucco is just saying. (Delicious by the way. Have you ever eaten there?)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
"It was real nice. It fell short on melody. It ain't going to lead to a breakthrough. I pass." What can you do? (Rewrite the music, I guess.) Me? I'm rewriting the novel again. I had an actual breakthrough last week about the nature of the story I'm writing; how it's one story in the end, not two. That's always good to know. Oy. It only took a decade and change to pull it back together into one story. Oh well, at least I'm breathing, and God gave me something to say and the computer on which to say it. That inspires a little gratitude.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
"While your proposal is not without merit, we are forced to give serious consideration to the realities of the publishing marketplace when deciding which writers to represent. In order to maintain the quality of service our clients deserve, we must regrettably decline to take on some authors from time to time."
Friday, February 4, 2011
books? Wonder if he ever got any literary rejections. Doubtful. He's a good writer. Anyway, he certainly seems to be well-read in fiction and history. A good model for the rest of us. He's also big on forming his own messaging based on that of past winning presidents. Hope it works for his re-election.