A month after British editors and agents spent a day tweeting about what makes them reject submissions, would-be writers had their twittering turn. The agents tended to stress pitches that somehow didn’t work, including “My book is about a friendship based upon mutual vomiting practices in high school” and “My credentials for writing this book include: A divine mandate to speak the word of God.” The writers, for their part, were less concerned with the fact of rejection than with the sensitivity of it: “Please stop telling me not to take it personally. Sending you my manuscript is more personal than a visit to my ob/gyn. If you refuse to acknowledge the intimate dynamic of this transaction, stick to repping diet books or go into accounting,” posted one woman.
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