Okay, I completely missed yesterday’s blog, because the muse still had not let go of my hair and I was trying to slam out the last 3000 words of an 8000 word story. I finished it this morning, and am now in recovery mode. So here’s Monday’s blog. On Tuesday.
So, have you ever eaten at Ed Debevics? Yeah, it’s that restaurant chain that looks and feels like a fifties diner, only the waitstaff is paid to abuse you by making commentary on your clothes, your face, and your non-participation in singing “YMCA” by the Village People?*
So, I was thinking of this amazing concept, that people would actually pay to be insulted, and how writers are used to being ignored and also see rejection letters — especially personal rejection letters — as good things, and suddenly, an idea was conceived. You ready?
REJECTOMANCY MAGAZINE! The only online magazine in the world where you will submit absolutely knowing that you will be rejected! Takes the guesswork out of it entirely! You send us a story and we GUARANTEE that you will not only GET a rejection, but that it will be a personal and entertaining rejection that WE WILL PUBLISH, telling EVERYONE why we rejected your story!
So not only do we guarantee you a personal response, but WE PUBLISH YOU AS WELL! NOW how does it sound?
All right, so now it’s time for us to answer some questions form our hypothetical audience:
Hypothetical Questioner #1: What, you’re going to reject us, AND publish our story?
A: Hah-hah. No. What are you, stupid? But we will publish the response, maybe with a sentence or two of excerpts designed to highlight your atrocious grammar and impenetrable “style” for the express purposes of a) telling you why we’re not the only people rejecting you and b) making fun of you. Technically, that means that you will have “been published. Sort of.
HQ#2: And you think people will pay for this?
A: Of course not. That would be even harder than getting people to pay money to enter writing contests, which is already stupid and unethical.
HQ#3: But you think people will participate?
A: I don’t know. Possibly. It amounts to offering an honest, albeit tongue-in-cheek and insulting, microcritique. And that’s something a lot of people really do need and want. And the ones who need it most are the least likely to get it. They get form letters.
HQ#4: Well, how do we know you won’t just read the first page and reject us based on that?
A: Um, we absolutely will do that. Do you think pro magazines do differently? The difference is that instead of publishing stories we like, we’ll shred the whole manuscript of those.
HQ#5: What if I send you a story that is so good you just HAVE to publish it?
A: You are EXACTLY the kind of person who needs to submit here, you poor sap.
HQ#6: This is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.
A: Maybe. Who wants in?
*Okay, maybe that one was just me.