Thursday, June 19, 2008

Little Red Pudding Head (rerun from 6/07)

A short story with a moral.

Once upon a time there was a hopeful author, and everywhere she went she wore a little red cape and asked total strangers if they would help her get published. Her plumber couldn't help her get published. Her hairdresser couldn't help her get published. Finally it occurred to her to send her manuscript to members of her alma mater’s faculty, guilting them into writing a letter of recommendation.

Now she was all ready. She sent her manuscript and the letters of recommendation to the Big Bad Editor. At first the Big Bad Editor was puzzled by the praise two economics professors had offered a rhymed alphabet book about vitamins. But then she shrugged her shoulders and ate the author for lunch.

The moral:
Clueless? Like to bother strangers for the hell of it? I don’t want to work with you.

9 comments:

ChrisEldin said...

Well, you give us so little to work with.
You could tell us your favorite drink.
That way, when I go to SCBWI in August, I'll be buying everyone your favorite drink. And watching to see who enjoys it the most.

Merry Monteleone said...

Then Chris can blog about it and you'll get a slew of submissions casually mentioning key lime martinis.

ChrisEldin said...

Merry, I would only share this information with you. So let's keep low key, okay?

*starts obsessing about key lime martinis and what merry really knows*

suzelle said...

why does merry mean?
and why key lime?
I biting my lip here, wondering. dithering...I don't drink, but maybe I should offer editors martinis?

seriously, this post made me think of the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, and while I wouldn't bother an editor with this stuff, it IS pretty amazing who people know and what they know-once you get them talking.

key lime martinis...hmmmm

Editorial Anonymous said...

I'm a little lost. How did this develop into a discussion of cocktails?

Not that I mind things developing into cocktails.

Merry Monteleone said...

Sorry, guys, key lime martinis are my favorite... so I just took a shot in the dark... no idea what ea might like...

Kim Kasch said...

We could switch it to Margaritas...

Anonymous said...

Frozen ones, please.

Marian said...

I really hope the professors were just being nice, as opposed to actually believing their letters of recommendation would cut a swathe through the slush pile.