Saturday, April 23, 2011

A-Z Blog Challenge: T

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?



Elizabeth Mueller said...

No, I don't. I figure that they are very busy and I don't want to burden them with a reply. But I've had a friend tell me she always thanks them for their time and she had an agent thank her for her thoughtfulness.


J. D. Brown said...

I do! Unless it specifically says not to on their website (and some actually do ask that you don't). I've heard the same thing about sending thank yous, especially if you want to resubmit or submit a different MS to them later.

Charlene A. Wilson said...

Elizabeth: That was my view before I took the class. Especially since many of the places I queried made a point to mention how swomped they were with queries.

Jen: They've actually asked submitters not to send a letter of thanks? Wow.