Before the Break

or: The Aggravations of an Anonymous Aspiring Author

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I'm gonna be a writer, no matter what they say.
I know if I keep trying, I WILL get there some day.
But I'd live much better with the woe of not having earned a cent.
If only I knew that someone at least had read the words I sent.

The editor who owns my soul--
Doesn't even know my name.
I've sent her twelve submissions, they were answered all the same:
"Dear author, we are sorry..." In my own SASE.
As far as I can tell she hasn't a CLUE who I might be.

I gotta keep submitting: my destiny, my fate.
I can live with them replying several months too late.
But I would read those form rejections with much less despair and shame.
If the editor would just take the time to sign them with her name.

The editor who owns my soul--
Doesn't even know my name.
I've sent thirteen submissions, they were answered all the same:
"Dear author, we are sorry..." In my own SASE.
As far as I can tell she hasn't a CLUE who I might be.

Editors deal with agents, a fine catch 22
The agent wants you published before he'll deal for you.
And so in order to get published you must publish once before,
So how's a writer supposed to get her foot inside the door?

The editor who owns my soul--
Doesn't even know my name.
I've sent fourteen submissions, they were answered all the same:
"Dear author, we are sorry..." In my own SASE.
As far as I can tell she hasn't a CLUE who I might be.

I'd try something wacky, but superstitions say
The time you try to trick them, or any game you play
The editor who reads you simply won't be in the mood
And then is when she remembers you as unprofessional and rude.

The editor who owns my soul--
Doesn't even know my name.
I've sent fifteen submissions, they were answered all the same:
"Dear author, we are sorry..." In my own SASE.
As far as I can tell she hasn't a CLUE who I might be.

Copyright © 1995 Michelle Bottorff



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