SAE enclosed

Got a letter from Legend Press today saying that they found my writing,

'lyrical and emotional'

but felt my work isn't quite what they are looking for.

So happy with that. Normally It's more common these days to get a standard rejection letter, with no feedback. So even that little bit from Legend is appreciated. Thanks guys.
Legend can be found at:

Anyway got me thinking.

Standard rejection letters.

Normally you wait 2 months or so and then they arrive in your own SAE as if you had posted hate mail to yourself.
I collect the letters. I'm not sure if I should be worried.
Should I be worried?
I read one author stuck them on a big spike on the wall. Hmm. Maybe not.

If I had really posted my own hate mail I would write:

Dear Mike,
Loved your work, let's meet to discuss contracts.
Yes really. I know you can't believe it after all this time.
So ring me at the number below and we will arrange.

yours Sandra Sparrow
Publishing Executive
Book Bog Press

That would make me cry.


Mike's top 10 genuine rejection letters.

1) I'm afraid we have decided not to pursue this project for....
2) I regret we are unable to accept the work you sent us for publication.
3) I'm afraid it is not for us.
4) Unfortunately it is not suitable for our lists.
5) We have decided to pass.
6) Sorry not accepting new authors.
7) We weren't quite enthusiastic enough to fell we'd be able to represent you effectively.
8) I fear we do not feel able to offer the representation you seek.
9) I'm afraid we don't feel it is in keeping with our current forward list.
10) We have to be confident of substantial sales quantities before taking on a project.
11) We regret that they (the chapters) did not quite 'click' with us.

Okay that was eleven wasn't it?
That was fun.

What shall I post myself this week?

Photo Credit: Drewnoakes


Writer said...

One of the hardest things for writers to learn is that despite our fear that "but it's not what we're looking for" is a polite way to say "we hate your writing," that's often just not the case. They have limited space, a concept for their publication(s), many submissions, and let go of many good pieces because--those pieces don't suit thier current needs.

I have a ritual. File the letter, and send the indentical piece to someone else. Keep doing it until it hits someone's "needs" at the right time.


Emily Suess said...

I doled out rejection letters for a few months. The "damn, wish we had a spot for this" submissions got the same letter as the "omg, this is so horrible" submissions.

You can't tell much by standard rejection letters. But 'Lyric and emotional' is the next best thing to an advance I'd say. :)

Writer is right. Keep submitting!