June 17th, 2005

books

does not suit our needs at this time

So last night we're reading queries. (I don't need a 9-to-5-er, really. What would I do with all that time? And does anyone actually *have* those kinds of jobs anymore?) And I'm looking at the form rejection. A truly unfortunate thing, form rejections. But given the sheer volume of letters I get (just me; not even taking a stab at what the rest of the agency pulls down), I can't imagine how I'd have time for anything else (like sleeping, which I should do more of) if I wrote individual replies to everyone. Sad, but true. Anyway, so there I am, looking at my form rejection and thinking somewhat abstractly about all the writers that I have met at conferences who have told me horror stories about them. Some of them are apparently just this side of rude. And a few come across as downright insulting, or so I hear. Oddly -- I've been told that mine is one of the nicer ones. But I'm not happy with it. I don't know if I ever could be really. I mean, it's a form rejection and they suck. Maybe those people who said that to me were just understanding the necessity and being kind. Maybe it's time for a new version or something. So, I thought to myself that I would ask for suggestions. And stories. It's Friday after all and one could use stories. Ergo, please comment on the following:

*Stories of the best/worst form rejections ever received.
*Take a stab at writing one yourself and posting it here. This would be particularly interesting to me....
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