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Hiring Manager: I grow tired of this applicant we interviewed two weeks ago. He is calling and asking us questions about when we will make our choice. Will he not learn? I think we should continue ignoring him and not even tell him if he was not picked. That would be expected. People do not want to hear from us right? So we will not even respond. Boy we are gonna save millions by not bothering to respond to applicants as well as the ones we actually interview.

Everyone else in the room: Excellent idea sir! We will be RICH!

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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