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Will Entrekin on professionalism issues related to editor/writer correspondence.

Wil Shetterly links to the article and offers his views.

A discussion follows.

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I am a little baffled by "If an editor rejects you, the only proper response is to send that editor another submission." That's a response but what if it's clear that that the set of things you will ever write does not overlap with the set of things the editor will ever buy? What are you accomplishing by sending them more work? It just ties the material up for the duration of a rejection cycle.

Digression: How does ownership of the words in letters work again? IIRC the physical document belongs to the person who receives it but who owns the actual words? I know how it works in the UK because of the Diana letters but not how it works in Canada or the US.

[Added later: and how does this apply to email, where there's not really anything physical involved, aside from the medium on which the email is stored?]

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I never said editors are not even the slightest bit necessary; I merely asked, in this day and age, do writers even need editors?


Don't be coy. The question is no more an actual question than "What kind of fool do you think I am?"

You seem to believe that it boils down solely to distribution, which is fine.

Rather explicitly not, since I mentioned a number of other things in our previous discussion, some of which were tied to distribution.

I could either get a dime a word and let someone put it on their online zine, or I could put it on my blog and offer a collection as a free download that people can purchase as a paperback if they'd like to.

Interesting use of the word "or" there, but hey, it's your career or lack of the same.

Maybe it's as commonplace for sf/f editors to ridicule their prospective contributors, as maybe it's commonplace for editors of literary magazines to tell their actual contributors to "eat shit and die."

Well, it's certainly commonplace for you to frame arguments in silly ways. So tell me, is someone who responds to a rejection with, "You're going to die and rot in a grave!" or "Fuck you faggot!" or "Well, the last editor who bought this story understood it," actually a "prospective contributor"?

Seriously, in your experience in trade publishing, how many articles did you see published from people who sent in death and lawsuit threats to the editors who ultimately published them?

Enjoy the rest of your fifteen minutes.

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