Oh, by the way...Thanks for the rejection.
T is for Thank you.
At the beginning of the year, I received a rejection letter. I read it, and then read it through again. I was confused. Not that I got a rejection, like all authors, I’ve had my share. But, I honestly didn’t remember submitting to this publisher. Especially since Cornerstone Deep was published in November. So, I looked back into my records and sure enough, I had sent them my manuscript for consideration…in January of last year.
Since I didn’t remember submitting to them in the first place, I did a little research and checked them out again. Once I saw their guidelines, I did vaguely remember it all. Like many out there, they stated that they’d get back to me in about 4-6 weeks. No doubt, after I didn’t hear from them, I headed off and subbed somewhere else…like to the publisher who accepted it and drove all the other submissions out of my mind.
Anyway, regardless to say, I got a good chuckle from the whole thing. Truly, these people were dedicated to notifying every submission they received with a 'yes' or 'no' answer. And I couldn’t resist emailing them back with a 'thank you'.
Not long ago, I sat in on a class about querying etiquette and one thing that stuck in my mind was that it was good practice to reply to every submission response, whether good or bad, with a note of thanks. I had always done this after being considered for a job, but hadn’t thought about it as an author. The teacher of the class, being an acquisitions editor, said that the names of those who responded with a ‘thank you’ stood out when they resubmitted or submitted another work. She couldn’t help but give them a little more consideration.
Do you reply when you receive a, “not at this time?” How about some memorable responses to your submissions?