This rejection letter response falls under the category of “May I Slit My Own Throat?” I just received this today. Oh the merriment, the joy, the tact. The lack of spelling ability…
I want to thank you for responding back with such a ‘pissy’ little note. I was starting to think that I wouldn’t get the oppertunity to get a rejection notice on my book [title redacted].
On Thurday/Friday last week I emailed about 100 publishers. On Monday I had 17 responses. 12 of those said we would like to see your manuscript. 9 of those said we are “very” interested. 4 of those asked me not to contact other publishers.
I sent them all a full copy.
This morning I have spent hours on the phone discussing 2 separate companies proposals. By the looks of things I’m sure more will come. Who knows, maybe some of them will even be willing to bid against each other after I feel confident I’ve collected what everyone seems to think they have to offer.
I’ve never even published a book before. [LP: yes this I believe] Beginners luck I guess.
Of all the nice little emails, I think I’ll frame yours. I’ll title it, “The only bitch in the bunch.”
By the way, you try and copy or distribute a single sentance of my book, then we will talk again. I promise. [LP: darn, I guess my idea of posting them on the bathroom stalls between here and Barstow is out.]
The “pissiness” he refers to was this:
Dear [name redacted],
Thank you for your query. I’m afraid we won’t be interested in reviewing your work at this time.
I’d like to add, for your edification, that it’s insulting to remind me, or any editor, that your work is copyrighted. We, above all, are very aware of this, and to request that we not copy or distribute your work without your permission is an affront. You might want to remove that from your future queries.
This is what I get for trying to help people. I never know when or from where the RudeBombs will drop, but they always do. Folks, just don’t do this. Ever. Delusion is an unattractive feature in anyone, and this is too small an industry to pull that kind of insanity and not have it get around. On the other hand, I think this may make for a fun Christmas card. Hmm….