You never hear people say, "I got fired, but it was a really enjoyable firing," or, "I didn't get the job, but they let me down so beautifully," or "he punched me in the face but it was alright because it was a rather nice punch."
In the writing world however, there is such a thing as the 'lovely rejection letter'. Out of the rejection letter options they really are the bee's knees.
If you've never got one before, you've missed out. They really are a giggle.
Dear Writer (insert name)
I really enjoyed your book.
Oh my god...
I loved your voice...
I can't believe I finally found it!
The characters are so well drawn.
Show not tell, they said, show not tell!
The story really grabbed me.
Oh my god! My smile is so big it's actually hurting!
I think it will do really well.
This is it! I can't believe it! I'm going to get published! All those early mornings, all those late nights, all those sacrifices I made have finally paid off!
We feel the book isn't for us.
But... but you just wrote you liked everything about it.... I don't understand.
Don't worry, once you've stopped bawling your eyes out, I'm sure you'll find the classic lovely rejection letter rather entertaining.
Or maybe you won't. Everyone deals with rejection letters differently. Some writers like to keep them so that one day, when they sign their million pound book deal they can look back and laugh.
As for me I haven't decided whether they are worth keeping or not. I don't think standard rejections letters are. You know the ones where they write your name in biro to make it look more personal. I once burnt one of those in the sink. What can I say? It was at least two years ago. I was young!
What about you? Do you keep them or do you fold them into paper aeroplanes and launch them out of your window?