*Rejection Letter

Sketch of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra, perhaps after she received this letter

Dear Miss Austen,
Thank you for your submission, recommended to me by our mutual friend H____. Unfortunately it doesn’t meet our current needs. As you are doubtless aware, the market is tight and publishers are looking for books that feed the public appetite. During tough times like these, when our young men are going off to fight, our readers are looking for entertainment. You are clearly a competent writer and have a nice ear for dialogue, but nobody is interested in the petty problems of the low gentry, nor in their marriage prospects. I cannot supply my readers with enough gothic novels, however. If you would like to turn your hand to one of these, I would be most glad to review the manuscript. I am sending you a new book, which is already highly successful, to show what you should aim for. Enclosed please find Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Yours best, etc…

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10 thoughts on “*Rejection Letter

  1. Laughing, laughing, laughing – that letter and your photo caption are hilarious!

    1. Di, thanks. When I saw the sketch, with the look on her face like she was smelling something bad, I thought oh this is perfect.

  2. LOL! Too funny! And somehow so very very true….

    1. Litlove, it made me laugh, too. And it was somehow reassuring, because Austen did get published and so are non-vampire, non-DanBrown books today.

  3. Wow. This is a brilliant little bit of, well, reality mixed in with humor…

    1. Beth, thanks. I was reading book news, and it struck me that in Austen’s times gothic novels were the rage, rather like the Vampire fad now.

  4. That’s great! No wonder she wrote Northanger Abbey and made fun of gothic novels.

    1. Thanks Dorothy–I think we need a 21st century Northanger Abbey. Anyone up for it?

  5. Marvelously clever, and oh, so appropriate.

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