Thursday, March 18, 2004

Another quality rejection:

I wrote a story that turned out to be a grimmer Snow White. Being unsure of where to send it, I shot it off to a high-paying Romance market. While they didn't accept it, they gave me a rejection that may just make it to the front page of my web site:

Thank you for your submission of "The Gardner" [sic] to (a very high-paying)

We regret that it does not meet our editorial needs and
suggest that you check our current writers’ guidelines at While our readers felt this story
was not quite suitable for us, they enjoyed your writing style
and you are welcome to submit a more traditional romance.

(The italics are mine, of course).

We wish you the best of success in placing it elsewhere.

That's such a nice "No," I'm thinking I might still get a check.