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hapsburg
03-17-2005, 11:09 AM
Dear Ivan:

Thank you so much for allowing us to read this; unfortunately, it does not meet our needs at the
present time. Best of luck in placing your intriguing
story.

Sincerely,






I get that it's a reject blah blah, but heres the intriguing question. My name is Justin, I signed the cover letter that way and wrote my name on the submission following the general submission format rules. The editor addressed me as Ivan, the name of the main character of the story. It wasn't in first person even... I'm not sure if he was placating me or making a joke or maybe my character really got into his head or what...

Birol
03-17-2005, 03:15 PM
My best guess is the editor, or whoever filled out the rejection form, was having a bad day. Their eyes skipped a line and saw "Ivan" when they were typing instead of "Justin".

Wandering Sensei
03-17-2005, 08:52 PM
The editor may have been rushed or may not have had his/her morning coffee yet. Similar things have happened to me, where I get a rejection letter addressed to the wrong name. At least no one's called me "Ivan" yet.

arkady
03-17-2005, 08:52 PM
My latest rejection was headed "Dear Sir or Madam." Nothing like the personal touch, is there?

awatkins
03-17-2005, 10:54 PM
More than likely an honest mistake. At least the name was from your work and not from someone else's submission. :)

hapsburg
03-18-2005, 12:19 AM
And at least I know he read it!

Greenwolf103
03-18-2005, 12:37 AM
And at least it wasn't addressed as "Dear Hack" ... or something worse.

Wandering Sensei
03-18-2005, 03:41 AM
I haven't gotten "Dear Hack" yet, but I have gotten "Dear Wanna-be."

Nice!

Euan H.
03-18-2005, 04:46 AM
I haven't gotten "Dear Hack" yet, but I have gotten "Dear Wanna-be."


That's rough. I mean, really.

Vipersniper
03-22-2005, 04:53 AM
:banana: I guess they can't come up with a creative way to reject your work so they use a generic term.

Rob-rite
03-22-2005, 04:44 PM
I haven't gotten "Dear Hack" yet, but I have gotten "Dear Wanna-be."

Nice!

It could be worse. The time for us to worry is when it says "Dear Never-will-be."

Maryn
03-22-2005, 06:21 PM
I once got someone else's rejection letter in my SASE. I sent it on to him, with a little note saying better luck next time. Never heard back from the rejected author or the agent.

Maryn

awatkins
03-22-2005, 06:38 PM
:ROFL:



I once got someone else's rejection letter in my SASE. I sent it on to him, with a little note saying better luck next time. Never heard back from the rejected author or the agent.

Maryn