Filing rejection letters

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Filing rejection letters

Postby novicescribbler » Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:25 am

Ok fellow writers, the burning question of the day is:

What do you do with your rejection letters?

Mine are tacked above my desk, testimony to the fact that I am working. I have filed the form rejections in the back and my favourite one is on the front where I can see it.
Got one the other day on an internet query that was addressed 'Dear Online Contributor'. Ouch. And I thought 'Dear Author' was bad.
On the plus side, I have had another article published, which is enough to keep me coming back for more. What an occupation.

Postby Peabody » Mon Mar 13, 2006 5:40 am

Congrats on the article! I put mine in the file for whatever story got rejected. That way I don't end up sending something back to where it was already rejected from.
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Postby Mlou » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:19 am

Well, at least with rejections, you know where you stand. A growing trend is the old don't-call-us-we'll-call-you approach or the "If you don't hear from us within x # of weeks, we don't want it." My favorite editor is the one who says, "We love it. Send us more." (Yes, actually, there IS one editor like that. :-D )
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:40 am

Mlou wrote:My favorite editor is the one who says, "We love it. Send us more." (Yes, actually, there IS one editor like that. :-D )

Uh huh.

Tell me, Mlou . . . how ARE the little pixies over in Fantasyland?
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Postby Rane » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:25 am

I keep my rejections in a folder with a cute little dog on it. It stands up in a holder on my desk, so I can look at it every day to remind me to keep submitting my work.

I've got about 5 different things sent out right now, so I'm anticipating filling up that folder (or my acceptances folder)! :-D
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Postby novicescribbler » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:57 am

I know what you mean about the acceptance file. Mine is sparse but I love the feeling of dragging a file into it. Talk about gratification.
It is strange that for solitary workers we are so hooked on outside opinion.
I am keeping a table above my typewriter to fill in so that I don't send the Beast out to the same agent twice. (That isn't the name of the book, it's just how I feel towards it at present).
I have had two rejections with helpful comments on them. Is it kosher to contact them again with the revised version, even if they haven't asked for it? Something like: You were right, do you like the new draft.
Or is that a professional no no that would shoot me in the foot for future inquiries to that agent.

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