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Friday, October 8, 2010

Reject you must I

The self rejection does make it easier, but it truly doesn't completely take away the sting... especially since I had hoped... never mind... it doesn't matter.

As you've seen in the past, I decided to take the edge off snailmail rejections by including my own rejection letter to myself. The Yoda one just came back. (It was for Curse Me A Story which I've just finished thoroughly revising.)

Here is the self-rejection I included with a full request's SASE:

Young Novel Writer,

The words are strong with you but another rejection must I write. Many rejections will you see before the force of your novel will be discovered. Discouragement you must face. Write you must. Realize the power of the dark side must not overcome your spirit, young novel writer. Fear is the path to the dark side… fear and overuse of adverbs. Great things I sense in you. Triumph you will. If not, there is another novel writer, but busy they are. Rely on you, we must.

Try again you must. No! There is no try. Do or do not. There is no try.

Apologize I must that this manuscript is not accepted. Reflects on you it does not. Writing does not matter. Judge me by my writing, do you? Hmm? And well you should not. Like to write sentences in strange order do I.

Sad I am that I must reject you. Always remember the novel will be with you and some day with another agent.

May the words be with you,

Yoda on behalf of:


  1. Too funny! Though if an agent sent me that, I doubt I would get past the first line. Such is standard when I get a rejection. I look for the apology and move on. ;)

  2. These are always hilarious! And that Yoda's a smart cookie... :)

  3. I love your rejections. I think I'll start sending manuscripts to you.

  4. Wendy, at least you've completed novels and are putting them out there. More than I can say. Stay strong.
    We miss you at Flashy Fiction. I just posted your favorite prompt from last Oct. ;) hahaha

  5. How brilliant. So sorry though.

  6. There isn't much that makes rejection easier. All I can say is that they're missing out and you'll find someone who loves your writing as much as me and the reset of your followers.

  7. :( I'm sorry Wendy. Yoda is hilarious. I can just see him at his laptop, a pair of glasses on as he typed this up. Ah well.