The editor replied that because CS does not pay residuals, the article would be of no value.
I wrote back that my article would not even mention CS. The topic was about how I obtained media coverage. I did not say it was for an anthology.
Editor's paraphrased reply: You used your technique to gain media coverage to promote a book you would get no further compensation for. Not interested.
Was this a result of lack of communication, a mutual misunderstanding, or one editor's opinion of anthology contributors? In any case, I hope I never get haughty.
Lesson learned: State your intent in the first sentence, because few editors have time to read on.
Most important writing tip: Always be kind.
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