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A Word to the Wise: Authors and Rejection Responses [Jan. 17th, 2010|02:13 pm]
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Authors, please do not respond to rejections by proclaiming proudly in emails to us that it's been sold elsewhere, soon after.
We're happy for you, but it sounds rather tacky, and comes across as rather childish. Editors and publishers have all kinds of
tastes and it does happen that someone else might like your story a lot more than we did. That's the way it works.
But taking offense or affront that we didn't, and that someone else did, is tantamount to idiocy.
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[User Picture]From: m_danson
2010-01-17 07:15 pm (UTC)
Does that happen often?
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[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2010-01-17 07:20 pm (UTC)
There's always one or two that do it, in a month, I think.
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[User Picture]From: spindriftdancer
2010-01-17 07:17 pm (UTC)
/facepalm

Just. Wow.

Yeah, I'd probably be sighing, too. At the very least.
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2010-01-17 07:42 pm (UTC)
I believe it's mandatory.
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[User Picture]From: spindriftdancer
2010-01-18 10:50 pm (UTC)
As long as it's friends-locked... ;p
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[User Picture]From: rachel_swirsky
2010-01-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, some people really do like showing their underwear in public, don't they.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2010-01-17 07:27 pm (UTC)
If an editor gave me good advice on a rejection and I got it placed elsewhere after implementing said advice, I'd probably let them know in order to thank them. But I wouldn't do it out of schadenfreude - that's a little bit pathetic.
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[User Picture]From: samhenderson
2010-01-17 08:10 pm (UTC)
Also we will point and laugh!
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[User Picture]From: benpayne
2010-01-18 08:18 am (UTC)
I have encountered this too. I always feel like saying, "well, the person you sold it to is clearly a lunatic."

But yeah, it's pretty childish...
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[User Picture]From: crotchetyoldfan
2010-01-18 12:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I always thought you were supposed to keep "I AM the greatest writer in the entire universe and the fact that you don't recognize it just means you're stupid!" to yourself. At least until you can afford to buy the publishing companies.
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