Monday, December 12, 2005
It's really quite exciting.
At first glance, though, the formatting is really messed up. By that I mean there are three to five extra line breaks every few paragraphs; sometimes right in the middle of a line. No idea where they came from. The problem is that I'm the one who's going to have the main jobs of copyediting, proofreading, and then formatting the thing into a book. It wouldn't matter if the story were riveting, but I'm already struggling to stay interested after just a few pages. Because I promised a critique as part of a rejection, I'll skim the rest of the story (to see if it improves) and do the crit. But then I'm afraid I have to draft a rejection letter.
I want it to be a kick ass rejection letter, though. One that doesn't ruin someone's day. One that makes a writer feel they didn't waste their time sending me their work. Maybe one that can even make them chuckle a bit through the tears. How's that for ambitious!
Has anyone gotten any rejections like that? Letters that validate you as a person even when you're afraid they're really thinking you can't write your way out of a paper bag? Anyone want to share any phrases or pieces of those?? Thanks in advance for your help, all you faithful readers.
I hope that you laugh, smile and be merry with those that you can. Shred those that you can't - and have dreams for those that aspire.
Just be honest, without tearing out too much of your own soul on projects that you'll never have time for.
And don't take offense if someone snaps at you for your honesty.
Every writer believes he/she is the most profound writer. The sense of "I" is very important and the ego is a most delicate balance of belief and insecurity when placing even a badly written piece of your life in someone else's hands.
Keep smiling - and good luck!