Thursday, June 26, 2008

like this, but...well, not

Ever had an editorial letter like this?

10 comments:

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Unfortunately yes. ... but then they didn't publish me either.

Six page with considerable detail as to why no one would ever publish Pixie Warrior. It arrived after the second pre-publication edits.

I know you're not supposed to burn bridges or be nasty ... but I wrote back and thanked them for all their suggestions. I also told them I didn't take one of them. ... And that Pixie Warrior was number 1 in Fantasy on Readerwise.com and number 2 on Mobipocket. It was a gratifying Thupp!

I never did figure out why they bothered to write such a long and detailed rejection letter, or why they took a year to decide.

It's not nice to be mean to pixies. We're not exactly a force of nature, but we do come close ....

Margaret Yang said...

I swear to dog, I have conversations exactly like this with my agent all the time.

Don't get me wrong, I like my agent and I know he is excellent at his job, but we have cross-communication on a regular basis.

Pamala Knight said...

That was bloody brilliant!! In less than two minutes, the nightmares of authors the world over are crystallized into 'yeah, like that but...not that.'

Thanks for sharing. I won't be so terrified in my writing class tonight because I'll be too busy giggling behind my fingers.

Julie Weathers said...

Actually, I think I had this nightmare not long ago. I went to sleep thinking about how to pitch my WIP at a conference and it obviously instigated a horrible dream.

What if it wasn't a dream? What if it was a vision of a conference to come? I know, I'll just avoid agents with a British accent!

Thanks, Janet. This was hilarious.

Jay said...

Yeah. That's exactly what is wrong with all of the novels under my bed.

They all need that...but not that.

Chumplet said...

I enjoyed it, then promptly got sucked into the PC and Mac UK commercials.

LeeAnn Flowers said...

My husband and I are both fans of That Mitchell and Webb Look and loved the sketch. When I followed the link, he thought that he'd left something on my computer. My shrieking laughter at your choice of links was enough to draw odd looks.

Keep it up. It's wonderful.

McKoala said...

Clear as.

pjd said...

I've had critique groups like that. Well, not like that, but you know, something like that.

Dwight's Writing Manifesto said...

I guess that would have been a lot funnier if I hadn't just lived through something similar with my agent.