Full Sundance write-up tomorrow. Mundane catch-up herein:
Back from Utah. Retrieved skunk from godmother. The lil guy was pretty ecstatic to be home, and so am I. All is well, but I'm exhausted. I was napping with Hobkin--crashing really--until he got it into his wee head to run amok and wake me up. Now he's done being amok and napping under his hutch, and I'm bleary-eyed and insomniac.
Hobkin somehow knew when we were coming to pick him up. He was busily digging at the door when we rolled into her driveway--a behavior she informed us he hadn't engaged in at all before, and which he'd begun about two minutes prior to our arrival. There's a lot of sense and intuition going on in that small, fuzzy head. Hobkin gave me many nose-sniff kisses as soon as I picked him up, and snuggled me all the way home. 'Course then he went amok at 5AM . . .
My laptop powered itself down several times while we were in Utah, the same malfunction as before. Not surprised in the least. Going to have to call HP and see about sending it back again. Bastards.
Got an email from the Aberrant Dreams folks inviting me to dinner after the signing on Saturday. Haven't replied yet 'cause dude_the is coming down this weekend for Superbowl Sunday, and I don't know what our plans are. Delighted by the invite regardless. I love it when editors offer to feed me.
I have much, much Tangent work to catch up on. And I have about two dozen stories that I want to read, as well as a slew of ones I've already read from last year, that I need to pare down to the five best to nominate for the Sturgeon Award before the 24th of February. Urk.
Alright! You're back to writing again! You might just catch up with me, too, 'cause guess what just happened to me? Yep, writer's block. Sorta. On fiction stories at any rate.
So, um, can I have one of my creativity fairies back now? Pretty please? The other ones kinda went on strike.
"After all, two unprofessionals does not equal a professional."
But it might, in this case, equal a significant amount of satisfaction.
Damn, but that's a condescending, self-serving, BS-laden "rejection" letter. And to send something like that after holding onto the manuscript for over a year is just unmitigated gall.
Say, I was just looking over the Aberrant Dreams website...
Do you think they'd be a viable potential market for "None So Blind"? I don't see anything on their site suggestiong they wouldn't be, but I thought I'd ask for an informed opinion before submitting.
You're probably right about not writing back, but I can certainly understand the temptation. What is it with publishers who feel like it's okay to take almost two years or more, not to mention a plug that sounds like it came right off the pages of The Scammers Guide to Ripping Off Writers, 2006 Ed.
Ooh ... Japanese demon hunter story. ::Rubs hands together::
"What is it with publishers who feel like it's okay to take almost two years or more, not to mention a plug that sounds like it came right off the pages of The Scammers Guide to Ripping Off Writers, 2006 Ed."
I think I'm going to have to turn to the eternal wisdom of the Simpson's (paraphrasing): "Some [editors] act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated...but, like people, some of them are just jerks."
I am terribly tempted to respond with: "Despite your pay rate, I feel you need some help getting your publishing house up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider improving your response times and organization skills, as well as not including a self-serving plug in your rejections." But I won't. After all, two unprofessionals does not equal a professional.
I say go for it...
Hmm. You think? I dunno if they count as scammers since there's a possibility that their "boot camp" might actually have something meaningful to offer (although I'm skeptical). But maybe a note to Preditors and Editors that warns writers 'bout how rude and unprofessional these folks are wouldn't be unwarranted . . .
"- 547-day "Despite your publication credits, we feel you need some help getting your prose skills up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider attending a Borderlands Press Writer's Boot Camp" rejection from Borderlands 6 on a story I'd already withdrawn and sold elsewhere. "
'I would like to sincerely apologize for wasting your time. I had foolishly assumed you were a publishing house. As you are clearly an educational institution (with a publishing front), I must fault myself for mistakenly submitting my story to you. I appreciate your effort in correcting my judgement! Best Regards, yadayadayada'
*snerk* I guess some editors do need to have a spork shoved somewhere tender. It's not really that hard being polite, prompt, and professional (the three editorial "P"s?); one has to wonder what these folks get out of writing such inappropriately rude correspondences.
On January 31st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Merebrillante brought this blog entry to my attention. Sorry to barge in, so to speak, but I'd like to add a comment. If you don't mind, that is.
You see, I too had a lovely experience with the esteemed Monteleones and their alleged publishing business. It seems to follow regular pattern, if chaos is indeed a pattern.
They lost my email address, said they sent rejections that never had arrived. They sent me sarcastic comments, very thinly veiled, by way of email reply when I queried them no less than four times over a period of months. I was also accepted to last year's "bootcamp", which I turned down because of -- good guess -- their unprofessional actions. And it took them well over a year to complete these actions.
Professionalism, my ...er, eye. :-P
>->->-----------> R., aka "withfeathersinmyhair"
(Y-Messenger IMs/offline messages accepted with this I.D., anytime.)
Thanks for the additional data point. I've heard from other writers, and it seems that rude, unprofessional, and downright sleazy behavior are par for the course with these folks. They've definitely earned a black mark on my marketing lists, and I won't be submitting to them again. I'm just glad I decided not to wait for them and sold my story elsewhere.
Welcome back, continental traveler and internet cafe commando!
Sorry to hear your laptop is still flaky. Laptop problem are all too common at my work group at Fair Isaac. 4 out of 10 of the harddisks in our group's Dell laptops have failed in past 6 months.
What a lame 547-day rejection letter!
I'm glad I learned many years ago to be OCD about making back-ups. And I won't be replacing my HP Pavilion with a Dell, that's for sure!
By the way, wanted to let you know that the replacement D-Link WiFi device arrived and it works dandy. I'm actually upstairs on the old Vaio with it chatting nicely with our wireless Internet hub right now. So I'll be able to write upstairs while my notebook is off to the repair shop again. Thank you!!