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Irons in the Fire

After her first manuscript was rejected by several publishing houses, Elinor Glyn sent it off to yet another publisher with the following note: "Would you please publish the enclosed manuscript or return it without delay, as I have other irons in the fire."

Some time later the manuscript was returned with a standard rejection slip -- upon which the editor had scribbled a personal suggestion: "Put this with your other irons."

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