Thursday, October 05, 2006

Faster Than the Speed of Light

We have a new rejection record, folks. Yesterday I emailed a service piece on the Great Wall of China to a number of editors, including one in a large, windy midwestern city. I got a response from this kind, speed-reading editor that same day at 2:32pm.

What kills me is that according to his email reply, he got my original email at 4:27pm—meaning he rejected it before he received it.

I know, I know, it’s just a time zone quirk. But adjusting for the time difference, I can see that my article actually got rejected five minutes after I sent it. That’s efficiency.

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