Writing Can Be Murder

May 22, 2007

SASE’s, Scoresheets & Queen

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:36 am

I loathe SASE’s (Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes). They are almost always the bearer of bad news.  Basically you include a SASE with every contest entry, query or piece (fiction or nonfiction) that you submit through the mail.

 The SASE is then returned to you with some sort of rejection. I think I’ve gotten some sort of acceptance — “Yes, we’d love to read your manuscript.” or “Congratulations you’re a finalist” — less than five times over the years. (Though I did once get an acceptance for an article which shocked me.) Usually good news comes in the form of an email or phone call, so the SASE is not a writer’s friend.

There was a time when I’d mark the envelope so I’d know who the rejection was from before I opened it. Not any more. I like the mystery. Now when I pull the dreaded SASE from my mailbox I hum (okay sometimes I sing it, but not if anyone else is around). “Another bites the dust. And another one gone, another one gone, another one bites the dust.”

I got a SASE yesterday. Cue music!

I’d entered  “Nowhere to Hide” in the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon contest. I didn’t win. I didn’t expect to win, but I like to get feedback. There  were two scoresheets in the envelope. They are scored between 1 & 10 (“scores may be in increments of 25%”)  with room for comments.

Scoresheet #1:  I scored a seven, which on the scoresheet says: “An entertaining read”. No comments.  

Scoresheet #2:   I scored a 9.25!  Which according to the scoresheet means “This book is superb. Masterfully written.”

Apparently this judge really liked the book because she wrote in the comment section, “I couldn’t put it down for one moment. It was that good.”

 So I switched my Queen theme song form “Another One Bites The Dust” to “We Are The Champions”.



1 Comment »

  1. Congrats on the feedback! I loved Nowhere to Hide. I hate contests though. Except for the Amber Heat Wave, I’ve never had much luck with them.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — May 23, 2007 @ 7:12 am

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