Sunday, March 6th, 2005 • 2 Comments on Dear Writer: Thanks, But No Thanks
There was rejection letter from one of my favorite editors in the mailbox today. Rejection stings, especially when it’s delivered in a self-addressed envelope—it’s kind of like being the bearer of my own misery. Whomever came up with that widely accepted policy had a sadistic little mind.
Over the years, e-mail has made the process of going to the mailbox a lot less painful. Many editors (and agents) are opting for e-mail responses rather than the old-fashioned kind. I suppose that’s a good thing—it’s quicker, cheaper and more eco-friendly. Of course when I get an e-mail that has “Your submission” in the subject line, I can’t tell if I’m going to be happy or sad until I read it. At least with regular mail, there’s the rule of thumb that the thinner the envelope, the more likely it’s a rejection. Unless, of course, you’re requesting your manuscript be returned (which is silly
expensive), then a package is a sure sign of rejection. Sadly, today’s envelope was very thin.
Despite the masochistic nature of snail mail rejections, I have to say I prefer them to e-mail. For one, there is a certain pride in having accumulated a stack of rejections over the years—I may suck as a writer, but at least I’m persistent! Plus, it makes great wall paper (not to mention proof for the IRS that I am, indeed, serious about this crazy little thing called
writing). Also, I’m tired of being afraid of my e-mail.