Where’s the value?

Posted: 10th March 2010 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Seriously people, I can’t say I’m shocked at getting snarky replies to slush rejections. I keep the reading schedule as tight as life and other four letter words allow, but I just don’t see the value of it. Unless you are dead certain you will never need to work with someone in the future, the worth of attacking them, even mildly is certainly negative. Agent’s become editors, editors change houses, writers become agents or editors, and sometimes move to yet another position. I know there are a very small number of people in the business who wouldn’t be in my top five favorite people to be stranded on an island with, but well I doubt any of them actually know this. There is simply no point in being crass because someone doesn’t like your work. Universal appeal will happen just after world peace, calorie free triple chocolate shakes, and reality tv shows that really are.

Anyone who wants to explain this to me feel free.

  • <q>Universal appeal will happen just after world peace, calorie free triple chocolate shakes, and reality tv shows that really are.</q>
    This made me laugh. My cats ran away. Considering they were all vying for my attention, I have to thank you twice. 🙂
    There will always be those who are infantile enough to beleive their satisfaction is what matters most.

  • Can't help you there…the very concept is baffling to me.
    (One kind of wants to squeal: "WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!!!!!")

  • I've been on the receiving end of this myself a few times, and I think that some people aren't able to separate themselves from their works. So a rejection of their ms. feels like a rejection of them as a person, and thus they lash out.

    • Chiming in (and delurking) to say that these responses are due to simple bad manners and the rampant sense of entitlement amongst most people these days. The only other thing I can say about it is obviously their parents did not raise them right.

      • Tsk, tsk, we can't always blame the parents, some people just suck at life.

  • Perhaps they didn't realize they were being snarky/rude? There have been many occasions when I've managed to offend someone because I didn't realize that what I said was offensive. This has happened to the point that I've on occasion gotten a friend or acquaintance to look over a response I've written to make sure I didn't say something rude or stupid.

    • From the word choice, it would be nearly impossible not to realize it. Not of course that I'm ruling it out.

      • Four letter words and massive insults to your reading/agenting skillz?

  • 🙂
    I have no idea who you are so unless you identified yourself by LJ handle in the email, I still won't know. Even if your writing is horrid, I doubt you'll get more than something like "The main character didn't grab me."

  • I've only responded once to a rejection email, but that was because the editor took time to explain, after seeing a few of my stories, where I was missing. I emailed back a very grateful thanks for taking the time and explaining, and set to work improving. Snark as a professional response isn't one I understand anyone feeling justified making.

  • Anonymous

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