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Do Editors Not Say No Because They Can No Longer Say Yes?

Posted at 8:57AM Tuesday 29 May 2012

There's a famous Peter Cook/Barry Fantoni cartoon of two literary types at a party, one says to the other 'I'm writing a novel', 'Neither am I' says the other. It is a conversation familiar to anyone who has ever tried to write. Recently I've been wondering if it couldn't be adapted to apply to editors: 'I'm writing a rejection', 'Neither am I'.

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