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Today I was viewing some posts on another writers site I pop in on from time to time. I was surprised to see a complaint from a writer regarding a harsh rejection letter he had received. Oh, I know thats nothing unusual, but he posted the letter as well and if what the publishers rep said was true, he should be ashamed of himself. The mistakes mentioned were of the type that would/could/ and should have been corrected before his manuscript was sent. I was surprised that none of the other writers stated that fact. This is an experienced writer and no one told him the truth, they all said how sorry they were for this to have happened to him. I too am sorry as well, sorry he did not make certain his work was ready to be seen. To the 'new writers' out there just learning the craft. It is neither demeaning or insulting to have your work checked and corrected etc. by a trained, experienced editor. I have had many of my stories published and to this day before I send anything out, I have it edited by someone else. Sometimes we can be too close to our own work to see the simplest error. Yes, I am an editor and there may be some out there saying I am posting this for my advantage, not the case at all. I have more business usually than I need. What I am saying, is learn from the publishers editor that takes the time to respond to you by letter, even if it is harsh. Adhere to their comments, they are after all the 'top dogs' and they call the shots, whether we writers like it or not. If your work is worth doing, it is worth finding a GOOD caring and talented Editor to help make it as perfect as it can be; something you can be proud of...HUGS!

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Comment by Charleen Micheles on October 29, 2008 at 3:04pm
Theresa, you are absolutely correct and it really fries my behind, as it gives the rest of us who do care, and who do go that extra mile for a writer, a bad name.
Comment by Theresa Chaze on January 23, 2008 at 5:09pm
Not all editors are top dogs. Some of them are frustrated writers who don't havecreative talent. It used to be that editors and writers were a team. These days editors want the title but don't want to do the work.

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