The Life and Times of J.D. McNutterhouse: Episode Two

Posted on: July 29th, 2006 by Anthony Rapino 5 Comments

This week’s adventure: “J.D. Gets Personal”

J.D. McNutterhouse was tired of getting rejection letters all the time. He knew it couldn’t have anything to do with his writing, and certainly not his manuscript format (didn’t he always make sure to use a 10 point font and single space to conserve room? Didn’t he always use large, bold fonts for his titles?). No, his formatting was fine.

After hours of deliberation, J.D. finally came to the conclusion that his cover letters needed spicing up. He had foolishly observed the advice of seasoned writers: in his cover letters he stated—in as few lines as possible—his word count, title, and other simple facts, only giving publishing credits when specifically asked for in the guidelines. Complete hogwash. He knew those “professionals” were full of shit.

Vowing to never heed the advice of other writers, J.D. created the perfect cover letter:

J.D. McNutterhouse
12 monkey street
Mistaken, New York 11214

Green Ant Review

Dear Sir,
My name is J.D. McNutterhouse, and I was born in Oklahoma 32 years ago. It was a c-section, explaining my perfectly formed skull and superior cognitive abilities.

I started writing in the second grade and have never looked back. I know you’ll love my story. It’s great. It’s perfect for your magazine. It’s about a giant komodo dragon that is elected president. It is exactly 3,423 words, so I don’t want to get stiffed on payment.

I read your magazine, and I think it is pretty good. I do have a few ideas I’d like to bounce off of you, but knowing this isn’t the appropriate time, I’ll wait till I hear back to discuss them.

I’m looking forward to receiving my acceptance letter. Try not to be too long about it; I need the money.

Your friend,
J.D. McNutterhouse

After finishing the letter, J.D. printed it out on blue paper and sprayed his favorite cologne on it. He enclosed a self addressed envelope but didn’t have the stamp to go with it. He was sure his new buddy wouldn’t mind.

Note: I beg of you, don’t do anything J.D. does. I think he’s on drugs.

5 Responses

  1. Gina says:

    LOL! When I first started reading that I was like “That’s not what you’re supposed to do.” hehe. The guy is on drugs.

  2. Anthony J. Rapino says:

    He certainly is. I started this new series last week. Each episode shows J.D. doing something very stupid to illustrate what writers should NEVER do.

    Poor J.D.

  3. Bernita says:

    Wicked and to the point.
    From what I’ve read at various places, not necessarily an exaggeration either.

  4. Anthony J. Rapino says:

    Thanks Bernita, glad you liked it. I’ll be putting out a new episode weekly, so make sure to stop back in.

  5. Bhaswati says:

    LOLOL.

    If for no other reason, JD must be applauded for providing such wholesome entertainment!

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