“Rejection”–Sung to The Tune of “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof

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O.K., O.K. I’m Jewish, and I love to sing show tunes. So sue me!

I’ve been querying slowly over the past month, with two full manuscript requests and a half-dozen rejections. Of course, the former feels much better than the latter–but even so, you’ve gotta keep a sense of humor about it all. This morning, a certain tune wouldn’t leave my head.

And now, here it is for you, in all of its glory.

[ALL CAST]
Rejection, rejection! Rejection!
Rejection, rejection! Rejection!

[AUTHOR]
Who, day and night, must obsess about our writing,
Query without ending, apologize to kids?
And who has the right to let us down gently,
To have the final word about our work?
The Author, the Author! Rejection.
The Author, the Author! Rejection.

[AGENTS]
Who must know the way to make a proper deal,
A fair deal, a kosher deal?
Who must shop the book and deal with all the authors
Thinking they wrote the Holy Book?
The Agent, the Agent! Rejection.
The Agent, the Agent! Rejection.

[PUBLISHERS]
In ’93 there were many more of us,
But now we’re only five
We know the market’s always tight.
We hope we’ll get it right.
The Publisher, the Publisher! Rejection.
The Publisher, the Publisher! Rejection.

[READERS]
And who’s supposed to buy
The books we see in stores?
Who knows what we will pick as the next
New York Times Bestseller?
The Reader, the Reader! Rejection.
The Reader, the Reader! Rejection.

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6 responses to ““Rejection”–Sung to The Tune of “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof

  1. OMG, I saw this on Twitter, and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I thought you were saying that your fulls got rejected.

    Love the sense of humor in your song! =) And glad (ish?) the fulls are still out there, waiting…

  2. I have a feeling this song is going to get stuck in my head with every future rejection! 🙂

  3. What an accurate parody x.x

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