Question about rejection letters

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Registered: 05-04-2006
Question about rejection letters
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Wed, 10-01-2008 - 12:35pm

Hi all,


This is my first post to this board, but I love iVillage and always get great advice.


I am a 30 year old mother who returned to school and one of my professors thought that my writing was good enough to be published.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 10-01-2008 - 2:12pm

Welcome to The Writing Life, kittygal18!


To answer your question, no. That is not a typical rejection. It's a very special one. Typical would say something like "not suitable at this time" and probably not mention any interest in your writing, mention how your idea would work well with the magazine, break the bad news about the delay, or invite you to submit other ideas.


It's hard to tell an e-mail form letter. I'm sure some form rejections still go out by snail mail photocopied for the past fifteen years, crooked on the page and faded from bad copying. My take is that anything sounds personal probably is - and anything that sounds encouraging is to be taken that way.


I'd see if any of your other ideas fit and submit them - in the near future. After all, he didn't want you to have to wait a year or two for publication.


If the magazine has an editorial calendar, check it out. You may find one of your ideas just waiting for submission.


Best of luck! Please keep us posted.

JudyB







JudyB






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Registered: 09-12-2005
Wed, 10-01-2008 - 3:31pm

Keep in touch with him.

Come up, in the next couple of weeks, with two or three more ideas to pitch, while you're still fresh in his memory.

Keep up the contact -- let him know when and where you're published elsewhere.

Look at Writers' Market and make a list of potential markets for the article idea that he couldn't use right now and get out more queries.

Build credits. Let the editor know. Keep your name out there.

That's how you build a career.

If you wait around for six or eight months before contacting him again, he may have forgotten you, or started regular relationships with other writers that preclude adding any more.

He's interested -- strike while the iron is hot.

Make the time. If you're serious about writing.

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Registered: 05-04-2006
Mon, 10-06-2008 - 8:57am
Thanks for the advice!

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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 10:43am
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