March 25th, 2009

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[writing] should I politely respond when I get a "nice no"?

I received three "no"s today on submissions. Actually one came yesterday but it's still sitting in my inbox.

A couple of the "no" responses are very nice, in that they are obviously personalized: they compliment certain aspects of the story and mention what didn't work for the editor. Definitely not a stock response like "doesn't suit our needs" or "not right for us".

The question is: Do I send a short "Thanks for the consideration and the feedback" note? I'm certainly *not* talking about a "You obviously don't understand MY GENIUS" response.

One, because the feedback is valid. I might or might not act on it, but it's valid and I understand what they're saying.

Two, because a "MY GENIUS" response is a one-way ticket to the "Banned" bin along with fodder for certain Internet humiliation :-).

But do I send a thank you note? What do other writers do? What do the editors out there think of a short "thanks for the feedback and the consideration"? (Which could sound like a stock response from me!)
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 23:35 searching for very important papers. still. #
  • 13:40 Wednesday puzzles (from this morning): Jumble = 0:39, NYTimes xword = 11 mins (slow slow start) #
  • 13:48 I think that's enough Girl Scout cookies for now. I better play extra hard at footy tonight. #
  • 22:20 a bit tired after 1.5 hours of footy, including a game with handballs. #
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