Tuesday, January 28, 2014
LETTERS TO THE SLUSH PILE #4
I have to say, it was a real delight to read your story! I've read just over a third of the slush assigned to me, and yours was the first that really made me smile. I like all kinds of work and all types of stories - from the silly, to the poignant, to the dark, to the dramatic. Yours was a rare gift - a fun read! I really have nothing to criticize about it. I'm sure the other editors will enjoy it as much as I did when they get around to reading it. Of course I am passing it along. Of course, I will fight for it. (I doubt I'll have to fight very much, if at all).
I hope to copy-edit your story (which, truth be told, doesn't need much - I think the only thing I would tighten is a very small section of your dialogue). Why did I enjoy it so much? Because, despite your characters being 'types', they were still original and refreshing enough, the situation they found themselves in was ridiculous, and the end was perfect, considering their foibles.This is the entertainment business. You entertained me.
Thank you so much for submitting --------- to On Spec. I see you've sent us a few other pieces. I look forward to reading them too, as well as telling you eventually, that your story was the one I was raving about.
Keep up the marvelous work!