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Interviewer: Looking over your resume that you wrote on a used paper napkin, I do not see what qualifies you for this job as Web Developer.

Job Seeker: Well, to be honest I am not qualified to do this job.

Interviewer: Oh well, I like your honesty, I am sure you can learn.

Job Seeker: Well, do not bet on it.

Interviewer: I will take that as a yes. Welcome aboard.

Letter from - Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Submitted by - Anonymous
Last updated on 05/16/2005

And the letter reads:

Thank you for submitting your proposal to American Romance. Your submission has now been carefully evaluated but, unfortunately, it's not quite right for us.

For American Romance, we're looking for stories of 70-75,000 words with credible, well-developed characters, a fast-paced, complex plot, high-energy writing and a vivid sense of place. While your manuscript has some of these elements, it lacks others.

Although we would like to send every author a more detailed critique of his or her work, the volume of submissions we receive makes this impossible. You may wish to review the Literary Marketplace at your local library for other potential homes for your work.

Please be aware that at 59,000 words, your story is too short for American Romance.

We're sorry to disappoint you with this decision. It is an enormous achievement to write a novel, and we thank you for thinking of Harlequin. We wish you the best of luck with your future writing.

Tanya Starratt
Editorial Assistant
Harlequin American Romance/Blaze

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