Something out of Ripley’s

Ripley'sWe remember years ago when the Sunday comics included items from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Ripley’s is still alive and well on the Internet.We mention them because the following anecdote sounds Riplyesque.

An acquaintance has a 30,000 word plus manuscript, a memoir about coming of age. They have some interest from a niche publisher because of the story’s locale. They have had some email communications with the editor about formatting, possible markets, etc. So this author hopeful is in the process of reviving the MSS with an eye towards a Spring 2015 submission.

Then last week they get an email from the editor announcing that a number of readers have reviewed the MSS and have decided it is not something they want to publish. This is after, in the email message, they praised the writing, the research and the effort of this acquaintance. There is just one major problem.

This acquaintance did not send them the MSS!

The email, to say the least, befuddled my acquaintance. So what happened?

We’re waiting to find out, but it does raise some questions about professionalism.

It also raises the consideration of going it alone, self-publishing and then spending your time and money on promoting your product, which is where most of the work is required, after the actual writing that is.

Curious story and it’s true. Somebody was not minding the store.

Comments welcomed!





About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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