I know I am biassed, but...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I don't think it is classy for agents or editors to snark queries without prior permission, and I likewise don't think it is classy for authors to use whatever platform is available to them snark rejection letters either. These are personal pieces of correspondence.

May I interest you in...?

No, thank you.

Sour grapes should be consumed in private.

(And this is why most editors no longer give detail feedback, leaving the rest of us to just try and guess why they said no.)

p.s. All Romance Ebooks turns three today. Happy Anniversary.

7 comments:

K. Z. Snow 10:29 PM  

I've been through the rejection mill for 25 years, on and off. There are indeed times when an editor's reasoning is incomprehensible to a writer.

What can the writer do about it? Absolutely nothing, except submit the work elsewhere.

I was sorely tempted within the past year to post something or contact someone about a particularly brusque email rejection that bordered on rude--much more unprofessional than anything I've ever received from a New York publishing house. But what would've been the point?

As is the case with shitty reviews, sometimes all we can do is find something else to do other than stew.

The upside? It's keenly gratifying when a book one publisher turned down does rather well at another company. That always puts a smile on my face.

Treva Harte 6:09 AM  

I wish Jude much success with her book at some other publishing house.

roslynholcomb 7:48 AM  

I consider myself fortunate if I receive actual feedback from an editor. I remember once an editor told me that the pacing was off on a submission. She was right and I fixed it. Ever since then I pay careful attention to pacing in my books. I think we forget that editors are readers and thus the experience is very subjective.

Teddy Pig 8:14 AM  

Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.

Tuscan Capo 1:55 PM  

LOL Teddy Pig

jenn 5:23 PM  

I dunno, that hardly seemed rude to me.

In a contemporary set story, suspension of disbelief only goes so far. I don't buy characters taking rides from strangers if they aren't in some kind of dire emergency and first do some kind of risk-benefit analysis. And hopping into bed with random men is not the stuff of romance novel heroines, so I can totally see the editor's point.

That seemed like an overreaction to me. To bad it's now stuck to the internet. It's really hard to get things off the internet.

Anonymous,  12:14 AM  

Am I crazy, or did this Jude person do something else along a similar vein before? Meaning, criticizing the erotic romance genre, or a publisher who rejected her, or something?

Her name is familiar, and not in a good way.

Anyone?

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