The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, November 17, 2012

An Encouraging Rejection

         I recently received a rejection notice. Actually, it was not a notice, it was a rejection note. A handwritten note.

       The note was from Laurel McHargue, the co-creator of Publishing Syndicate's Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Stupid Kid. I had sent in a story that I knew didn't have much of a chance. I did my best--writing-wise--but it was a story with a small focus, and I couldn't squeeze any more out of it.

      Laurel took the time to tell me the story had made it through a round or two, but ultimately, it didn't make the final cut. She noted that she hoped the bad news didn't discourage me; she wanted me to be sure and submit to the other collections. (She worded it much better than I am right now, and when I figure out where I put the card, I will quote her directly.)

        However, I also got some good news at around the same time. Two of my stories are included in the Not Your Mother's Book...On Dogs. This book will be available beginning on December 11.

        What is the nicest/weirdest/harshest rejection you've ever received? If it's unflattering to the editor, the names can be changed/omitted to protect the guilty...