Well after the last couple of weeks of me being chatty about my checkered past in the horror field, this week we are back on more familiar ground, with a lovely random rejection letter from the Maria Carvainis Agency:
Yes, that’s right, this is a rejection letter from 1994. I told you I kept them all! I can’t identify from this letter what the project was, but from the date it was probably either Night Watchman or Long Before Dawn. Side note: Saying that a letter is “seemingly” impersonal doesn’t make it not impersonal. All it does is show that you know it’s impersonal and that you feel slightly guilty about it, at least, enough to add an adverb. But as the style guides always say, adverbs violate the “show don’t tell rule”. (Another side note: Let’s not start a flame war about the use of adverbs; I use them all the time. I’m just being snarky.)
The astute reader may have noticed that sometimes I blur out contact information on these letters and sometimes I don’t. If the contact information appears to be for a person’s home (often the case with letters from the small press) then I’ll blur it. If, as in this example, the letter is from a professional literary agency and the contact information is for their office, I’ll leave it in.