Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Conf 176: Rejection Letter as Marketing Tool!

No. of new words: 1,500
No. of new rejections: 1

Ooh, new e-mail this evening:

FROM: Reception 2 RE: Your Submission of Work

Dear Ms Amanda Mann,

Thank you for your recent letter concerning your work. First, I would like to apologise for responding with this standard letter but unfortunately we do not have the time or resources to answer every submission individually, although all material received is considered carefully.We are taking on extremely few new clients at the moment. We are concerned to keep the client base to a reasonable size and only wish to add to it when we feel very strongly about an author's work. In order to take on a new author, several of us here would need to be extremely enthusiastic about the content and the writing style. I'm sorry to say we don't feel that strongly about your work, but please do persevere - other agencies have other priorities and may be in a different situation.If you haven't already seen Carole Blake's book entitled FROM PITCH TO PUBLICATION (published by Macmillan - £ 14,99), which contains information on how to present your work to agents and publishers, you might be interested in obtaining a copy. If you would like to buy a copy from us for £12 (including postage and packing), please send us a cheque made payable to Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.I'm sorry not to be able to help and I wish you luck in finding the right agent for your work.

Yours sincerely,

Office Manager

Full marks for industry, though. It was only a query letter, sent months & months ago, so there was no breaking down and beating floor with fists.

As is the way, the story continues to develop in the new draft, so am holding off everything agently now until the very VERY end.

An e-mail from script lady, saying she'd missed me (hooray) and loads of work coming in soon, so yesterday's work panic has abated, and must make the most of full writing days while I can.

Got going on new insert 'contrast' chapter today. A bit OTT flowery-wordly but am about to go and edit down hard copy and scribble it all out. At least it got me started again on new words. Have never really made full use of Thesaurus - such a heavy book to lift and seek and so many sub-headings to wade through. Could never work out where you were supposed to start looking, either, but online edition, discovered today, really nippy and useful.

Working on TV documentaries about artists for so many years, I was spectacularly lucky to have encountered some really towering geniuses. The one who made by far the most impression on me & who changed the way I thought and, eventually, lived, as he did to so many others, was John Cage . A lovelier, more modest, more funny, more adorable.... I'll stop there, but was so pleased, in a chuffed 'fancy that' way, to discover yesterday that Cage used to sit at the feet of Ed Ricketts , the guy I've been reading about on hols. He was the real Doc in Cannery Row , one of my favourite novels of all time.

'Ricketts followed a live-in-the-moment philosophy and he viewed everything as interrelated parts of a whole, Rodger says. "I think to Ed Ricketts there was no difference between a good poem, an interesting piece of music and... a sea spider." Rodger says it wasn't just John Steinbeck who appreciated Ricketts' mind. Those who partied and swapped ideas at the lab included the young composer John Cage, the budding mythologist Joseph Campbell and the writer Henry Miller.'

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

1 comment:

Kate.Kingsley said...

Woah ~ gotta admire the nerve of rejecting in one breath then trying to close a sale in the next! Predatory!