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Gondomir
12-07-2011, 01:37 AM
There is a publisher, that I first queried and later sent my manuscript to at the publisher's request, that has expressed further interest in publishing my novel. Unfortunately, I have found through this forum that this publisher has a bad reputation.

How should I go about dumping this loser? I want to be tactful and professional.

Should I formally withdraw my manuscript? Given reasons? Not give reasons? Do nothing and just quietly move on?

writerGDW
12-07-2011, 01:42 AM
If you want to be tactful and professional, I'd just say "thanks for your interest, but I've decided to go a different direction" or something similar.

Torgo
12-07-2011, 01:43 AM
Tell them you're exploring other avenues for publication and to please withdraw your manuscript from consideration. I don't think you need to explain more than that, but if it's just based on reputation it's probably courteous to inform them.

Monkey
12-07-2011, 02:52 AM
The most courteous route is probably to say you've chosen to go in a different direction or some such, but I have always preferred to be very specific: "Your contract states x, y, and z," or whatever.

You might provoke a change. Or not. ;)

Polenth
12-07-2011, 03:09 AM
If you give reasons, you're opening yourself up to an argument. Just say no in a polite way and don't over-complicate it.

NeuroFizz
12-07-2011, 03:31 AM
If you haven't signed a contract, you owe this publisher nothing, including an explanation. Just withdraw your manuscript from consideration.

IceCreamEmpress
12-07-2011, 05:21 AM
Dear X,

I appreciate your expressing interest in <title> in your <email or letter> of <date>.

However, I wanted to let you know that the manuscript is no longer available for consideration.

kuwisdelu
12-07-2011, 05:38 AM
Doing it over Facebook or a text message would really be best.

Williebee
12-07-2011, 05:46 AM
Doing it over Facebook or a text message would really be best.

'spose you could tell their neighbor, ask them to pass it on.

:)


Cut and paste #7 above. Replace the pertinent sections with accurate information, and send it.

If you are not under any kind of contract, you are under no obligation to discuss it further. Be polite, be firm, be professional.

Good luck!

Drachen Jager
12-07-2011, 06:23 AM
Dear John,

I totally saw you making out with Karen Finch at recess. We are OVER! You can take your stupid Star Wars DVD collection back, by the way I put it through the blender, along with your vinyl original release Pink Floyd and your hamster!

P.S. I am totally going to tell everyone at school that you liked to dress up in my underpants. Perv.

P.P.S. I never really LOLed at ANY of your texts. I just said that to be nice.

kuwisdelu
12-07-2011, 06:24 AM
I put it through the blender, along with your vinyl original release Pink Floyd

You fucking evil bitch. I don't care how much of a bastard John was, that is something you Just Don't Do.

Filigree
12-07-2011, 07:01 AM
Yeah, don't take it out on the music.

Soccer Mom
12-07-2011, 07:36 AM
Dear Publisher, it's not you. It's me. I hope we can still be friends. No hard feelings.

By the way, do you still have my sweater? The red one? Cause I'd like it back.

Thanks,

Your favorite soccer mom

Gondomir
12-07-2011, 07:49 AM
Wow! It is amazing how this thread deteriorated into a joke! This was a serious post. Some of you really hurt my feelings with your mockery. Nah--I'm just kidding. I think I may have cracked a rib laughing at some of the comments. Seriously, though, thanks everyone--I'll probably use WriterGDW's tactful approach.

shaldna
12-07-2011, 02:30 PM
There is a publisher, that I first queried and later sent my manuscript to at the publisher's request, that has expressed further interest in publishing my novel. Unfortunately, I have found through this forum that this publisher has a bad reputation.

At least you were lucky to find out before you signed anything with them.



How should I go about dumping this loser? I want to be tactful and professional.

Well, if you want to be professional I would suggest NOT refering to 'dumping this loser' as it gives off the wrong vibe. :)

The best thing to do is to send a short note to the publisher stating that you are considering other avenues and must regretfully withdraw your manuscript from consideration.

You don't have to give them any other reason.

Phaeal
12-07-2011, 08:00 PM
However, you really should include a line on how their other authors have posted pics of them in ladies' undies. Unless they're ladies, in which case, the pics are of them in studded outlaw biker thongs.

Deb Kinnard
12-07-2011, 08:28 PM
You might also want to say something on the order of "your proposal does not meet our needs at the present time. Wishing you the best of good fortune at finding other authors in the future."

:evil

Jamiekswriter
12-07-2011, 10:34 PM
Unless they're ladies, in which case, the pics are of them in studded outlaw biker thongs.

Not that there's anything wrong with studded outlaw biker thongs -- unless the studs are are on the wrong side . . . :evil

Phaeal
12-07-2011, 10:59 PM
They're reversable -- your choice.