Monday, March 28, 2011

It's Rejection, However You Say It!

I recently acquired some books that had belonged to a dear writer friend of mine. Among them was The Writer's Chapbook, A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit and Advice from the 20th Century's Preeminent Writers. 

It's the kind of book one picks up from time to time, and reads little tidbits from. Here, from the book, is a rejection letter unlike any one I've ever received. Maybe it's just as well!

"We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret . . ."

It is a rejection from a Chinese economics journal.

Write on!

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