11.09.2006

Why You Haven't Heard Back-3

I recently attended a writing conference.
There were a lot of people who talked to me about their projects. I pretty much agreed to read my usual-a query and some pages- from everyone who met me.

Three weeks later; I've received ten, TEN emails from one woman who attended.

The first two I saved in my "incoming work" file where I keep all the email that pertains to work I'm considering before I take on a client. I answered those with the basic "got it, thanks".

The next three I moved to the trash, unread.

Then I got annoyed.

I haven't read any of her work yet.
Not a single page.

She's getting a very nice rejection letter. It's all a big lie. I simply do not want to work with her and I don't care if she is the next Pynchon.

Someone this:
1. hyper
2. cluefree
3. mistake prone (I think some of the emails were revisions of earlier ones)

is less than zero on the desirability scale.

12 comments:

December Quinn said...

Ouch. Ten emails? What could she possibly have to say that requires ten emails? I don't even send my best friend back in the states ten emails in three weeks.

Kim said...

The sad thing is that she'll take nothing away from that rejection - and it sounds as if she could use a small prod with the clue gun.

Although, you have to wonder WTF she was thinking??? Ten e-mails in 3 weeks? Egads....

Dave said...

In the rest of the world (like my life in engineering, scientific research, or environmental compliance) you dare not let an e-mail wait more than a day. Many times, an hour was too long (especially in environmental work).
In publishing, it's just the opposite. The sender has to have the patience to wait for an answer. Ain't nuthin' more to say but patience, patience, patience.

McKoala said...

I'm guessing she doesn't read this blog. I now quake in fear every time I even consider contacting an agent 'um...you've had my novel for six months...just wondering...um...did you actually receive it...'.

Then I change my mind and delete my message and let my manuscript sit for another six months.

Jim Oglethorpe said...

That is just plain weird. It is definitely a clue that there is something wrong with her. I mean--that's beyond being aggressive or anxious. Even if she's not insane, it shows an unwillingness to play by the rules. I agree that a prod with the clue gun would be useful but the problem with that type of personality is that she will probably email you 10 times explaining herself or apologizing. Hmmmm.

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

So like that one time my auto-responder that went beserk on you is the reason you've rejected my questions to this blog?

Bwaaaaa!

Anonymous said...

Why does she get a nice rejection letter? Now you've got me wondering if the compliments and very nice rejection letter I received from an agent I met with at a conference was worth anything at all. Would you tell someone their writing was good, excellent, terrific, etc if it wasn't?

Anonymous said...

At least she's getting a letter.

Anonymous said...

People like this writer piss me off, because they give all of us trying-to-be-writers a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prize Nitwit (as you shall now be known)...

Anonymous said...

Yikes! Cringeworthy. Just changed over to broadband and the email is wacky. The computer insists 'this message has not been sent' so I press the 'send' again and again and ....aaargh, no wonder the publisher hasn't responded. I'll stand here at the back of the cluegun queue. It's very peaceful, apart from the quiet sobbing.

Kanani said...

If someone did that to me, I'd probably make the assumption that
1. She'd never taken a writing workshop.
2. Had never gone through a critique group.
3. Is sending you a rough first draft.
4. Has not done any work researching agents on the web.

It may be that my assumptions are wrong, but there's something very sad and desperate about her approach.