Hi Jay,

Thanks for your comment. I’m inclined to agree that it is a simple matter of courtesy for an editor (or editor’s minion) to let the writer know that she won’t be using the story. The old-style “form rejection” was invented for that very purpose; so the editor could just say to an assistant, pointing to the pile of rejected manuscripts, “send a form to these, please.” Effortless.

But before we get all “hot under the collar” about it, lazy and arrogant editors have always existed; but they remain very few. Most are fine, and many are worth their weight in proverbial gold.

Not least those editors who demonstrate infinite courtesy and patience to the would-be writers who submit the 80% of poorly written, grammatically criminal, inappropriate garbage they must sift through each day! It’s as much the writer’s duty to submit only her best copy as it is the editor’s to acknowledge her effort, don’t you think?

Austin is a professional writer and editor. Skeptical about everything else, he believes in kindness. Here, he shares sensible advice for serious writers.

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