Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Subject Object Confusion

A friend of mine posted this rejection note on her blog: "I really liked the concept but the story missed its chance to connect with me." Um, what? Who missed what? Or what missed whom? Or...huh? Get it together, people.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, annoying. But at least it's a reply. Unlike McSweeney's, which keeps submissions for years and, if my experience and the experience of another writer friend is at all common, no longer sends out rejections at all.

I sent three emails to Jordan Bass over a period of three months and never got a reply at all, not even an annoying one. Which is actually much more annoying.

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Writer, Rejected said...

Yeah, I want my book published, fershizzle. I guess that means I want in. Was there ever any question of that?

Cari Hislop said...

"...the story missed its chance to connect with me." I think what this respondent really meant was..."I didn't have time to read your work, but I don't want to have to admit that because its unprofessional so I'm going to blame your story for ending at the bottom of the slush pile.