Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Post and problems

The postman keeps coming, and keeps bringing back brown envelopes - I had one today from United Authors Ltd and not only did they send it back with a pre printed rejection slip - which, OK, they are busy people and don't have time to type a reply, but the galling thing is, they hadn't even taken out my letter of introduction.

Some spotty oik in the back room just took the whole lot out my envelope and stuck it back in the return envelope without even a glance - how on earth they expect to identify talent when they do that, I do not know. I mean, what a way to run a business!

Still, got a great rejection letter back from Kate Shaw at Gillon Aitkin Associates - Kate, if you ever get to read this, thank you very much for taking the time to write a proper letter, with some words of encouragement and, even better, a scribbled p.s that made a huge amount of sense - and caused a giggle in our household. Why can't all agents be like Kate Shaw?

Friday, February 9, 2007

Why don't they tell you in the small print?

Hi there,

another day, another rejection in the post - this is starting to become a habit!

The last bit of paper says: "It is the policy of this agency not to consider unsolicited material." I ask you, how are they going to find new writers if people don't write in, huh? Are they going to run up to some fella in the street and say: "oi mate, are you a writer? Come round to my office and sign this bit of paper; we'll take 15% of whatever you earn - now don't call us, we'll call you."

Still, I've got a week off this week so I am determined to finish I hate spaghetti sauce and start the editing process - after all, I've got some many other ideas bursting out of my head, it would be rude not to get on with writing them down.

See ya. Ian