In response to our rejections…

Lately we have been getting several responses on our rejection letters by email from writers asking us to elaborate on our comments or suggestions to their story in our rejection letters.

Sorry guys, but we don’t have the time or the man power to do so. Besides, it’s not economically efficient for us to take more time assessing and writing out a two page response on a manuscript that we said no to. We’re not making any money off of it, and a few extra minutes on your synopsis is not going to change our minds about your book.

Now, while we do pride ourselves on giving a personal rejection letter to every manuscript we choose not to take on, there are some that will get more attention than others. Why? Well, because we choose to. No other reason, really. If we get a manuscript that really stands out, is well written, or pisses us off so much that we chew threw our desk lamp cord, then we might take a few extra minutes to write out a paragraph or two or mark up/edit the first few pages of the manuscript so that the writer can either better themselves, get an idea on where to submit their story, or give up writing entirely.

And no, not all rejection letters are equal. There are some manuscripts that come through and we can’t get past the first few pages. So we’ll say just that.

“…we’ll have to pass. We just weren’t interested in the plot, and couldn’t get past the first few pages.”

Mean? Maybe a little. But it’s better than the “traditional form” response of many publishers of “Sorry, but not at this time.”

So don’t get upset if we don’t respond to your response to our rejection letter of your manuscript. We just don’t have the time, and frankly, even if we did, unless the story was one we’d consider with a few rewrites, we wouldn’t respond anyway. If you wanted to resubmit your manuscript that would be fine – we’ll either reject it again or realize that this is one persistant sonofabitch and read a little further this time.

But sending an email with

“can you go on about what you meant about my story being slow? How can I better round out my characters to grab an editor’s attention? Could you please maybe explain your comments a little more?”

doesn’t work.

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One Response

  1. Rejections are part of the business, and an editor owes me nothing more than a yes or no. Anything else they offer, such as suggestions and reason why they didn’t buy the work, are cream.

    I wish more of my writing peers would figure this out.

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