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Zach found a publisher's rejection letter in Professor Lowry's trash

One of the things Zach found in Professor Lowry's trash was this crumpled up rejection letter.

July 24, 2015

Mr. Lowry:

I regret to inform you that our firm has no room on our upcoming release schedule for your manuscript The Age of Incivility.

We found the concept of your Civil War novel to be extraordinary: what if the Civil War never ended and continued to be fought until the year 3045.

Naturally, the novel's 4,619 pages were intimidating but not as much as the text itself, told in so many flashbacks and unconventional narrative structures that it's virtually impossible to read.

We had no editors with the endurance to find brilliance in your novel, so I'm afraid we must reject it. As it stands, the novel is unreadable and unmarketable.

Thank you for your submission, and I hope you find a home for it.

Sincerely

Nan Arguille,
Executive Editor

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Comments (8)

  1. lgillette

This sounds a little boop-shooby, too. This is one obsessed guy! He could be capable of anything!

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  1. tscull

Sounds like the guy is a bit too "academic" for his own good. An ironic title considering his temprement.

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  1. Scarlett

No wonder he was an old grouch! His transcript was rejected! That was probably really hard for him to take.

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  1. rimamaria

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  1. rimamaria

Ouch , that was harch

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  1. KCMorlock

Wow, a personalized rejection from a publisher.

IMHO it should have been framed!
Sally

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  1. lgillette    KCMorlock

Truly!

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  1. daroo196

4,619 pages is a lot of manuscript to read. mmmm

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