Friday, June 10, 2011

Baffling Editorial Decisions

For the record, I am not of the mindset that says a writer should never openly question an editor or challenge his/her reason(s) for rejecting a manuscript. That doesn't mean using rude or harsh language but as with any other human being, the decisions are not always respectable. For instance, when someone rejects your work with the terse response, "We don't do fan-fic" for a story that is not even remotely fan fiction, I feel justified in responding.

Do I expect a reply?

Did God have to explain himself to the residents of Sodom & Gomorrah?

Here's what I wrote:

I'm confused by the response. I don't do fan-fic either. No offense, but that seems a tad dismissive. Thanks for the feedback.



Kris said...

Editors...and their assistants...are only human. People make mistakes. Since the comment clearly is not related to your work, perhaps the editor's comment was meant for someone else. It never hurts to question, unless you're questioning his/her parentage!

RubrisLibra said...

What Kris said. :)
A reply like the one you received makes the editor look unprofessional. Good that you called them on it.