October 14th, 2010

I think of myself as a halfway intelligent, reasonable, and level-headed person. I respect other people, strive to be polite, and only very rarely throw up at fancy dinner parties. So I'm often befuddled and flummoxed by the behavior of some people. This involves observing said person's behavior, shaking my level-headed head, and saying, "What were they thinking?"

I bring this up now for one single reason: the latest (as of today) entry on Slush Pile Hell:

I received your rejection notice, and I want to let you know that even if you would have offered representation, I would have turned it down. You obviously have no taste in literature and are a hack. I look forward to your failure as the publishing industry goes down in flames.

There are so many things wrong with this, I don't even know where to start. What makes people behave like this? First of all, I'm positive the person is lying. If this agent had offered to represent the book, I highly doubt the response would be, "You have no taste in literature and are a hack." No, this person somehow would have managed to find it in his heart (and yes, I'm assuming it's a "his") to actually thank the agent and move forward with getting that book deal.

Some people!

You know, the worst part of all this is the realization that my book(s), if I ever finish writing it(them) will never get published. Because of this one guy's rejection, the entire publishing industry is going down in flames. What rotten luck for me. Oh well. At least this happened after the seventh Harry Potter book got published.

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2 Responses to “Some People”

  1. Tami says:

    Ha! Love the deadpan ending on your post, sirrah.

    SPH is being bashed for "attacking writers" in some places. While I see where posting and "making fun of" queries could go bad, I have yet to see SPH point out anything that didn't absolutely deserve mockery.

    *shakes head and echoes* What were they thinking?

    • Charlie says:

      I would agree with that sentiment if it were indeed bashing writers. But what writer actually sends a literary agent a query that says, "What kind of book should I write?"

      Yes, everything there deserves what it gets. And it's not like they're publishing the names and addresses of each contributor...