This week’s rejection “letter” can’t really be called a letter. To me, it looks more like a sign that you might see posted on the telephone pole outside your house advertising a garage sale, except in this case, it’s advertising that your submission will not be appearing in Pulp Magazine.
I unfortunately have no idea what I had submitted to Pulp Magazine, because (being on Linux now) I can’t open my old Microsoft Access Manuscript Tracking database to look it up. See what happens when you use a proprietary format to store your data? The next time I write a manuscript tracking application, it will be in Java with a MySQL back-end …
Anyway, even though I don’t know what I submitted, I do appreciate Clancy at least pretending that my story had a 95% chance of being good to excellent and/or wonderful. It somewhat softens the blow of a 36-point font telling me “This is a rejection slip.”
Well, okay, not really.