Funniest Thing I Have Read…
Now granted, for most beginning writers, if they read a writer blaming an editor for a rejection, they would nod sagely and say, “Yeah, editors just don’t get me either.”
More than likely your story didn’t work. Or it didn’t fit what the editor was looking for in their magazine, or the editor had just bought a story similar to it two weeks earlier, or… or… or…
But blaming an editor because the editor did not “see” how really deep your subtext was on page seven and your nifty plot twist on page twenty…
And I bet if you are thinking like that because you rewrote it a good three or four times to make sure it was perfect. Right?
Yeah… that always works.
So yesterday, on the bastion of truth, justice, and stupidity called FACEBOOK, I read this writer talking about how editors didn’t understand his brilliance.
And he was serious. Right out there in public for others to see.
And he went on and on.
A couple of well-intentioned experienced editors tried to gently move this person off that stupidity, but of course the writer was having none of it. It couldn’t be the writer’s fault that his masterwork was rejected, it had to be the editor’s ignorance to good writing.
So sadly, I laughed, kept my fingers off the keyboard, and moved on, hoping against all hope that that writer never decides to take a workshop from me, at least until some common sense cuts down the ego some.
I am not holding my breath.
But wow, it was funny. Sad, I grant you because so many people clicked that they liked and agreed with his egotistical post. But to a long-term experienced editor like me, it was damned funny.