He shot back an email: "Mr. Savas, are you kidding? You are turning down a project like this? Maybe you were replying to someone else, and this is a mistake. Please check your records and get back to me!!!"
I made it clear in a return email I was rejecting his manuscript and wished him well.
He called. I thought the name sounded familiar and I took the call. (I need a better memory.) Below is what transpired, to the best of my ability to reconstruct it.
JS: This is Savas? You rejected me yesterday? I sent the manuscript about XXX."[slammed phone]
TPS (inaudible groan): Yes, it's me, and your submission does not offer us what we are seeking. I sent quite a long email with other suggestions. I suggest---
JS: Do you realize what a magnificent opportunity you are turning down?
TPS: I suggest you read my email, and see if there is--
JS: Do you have the manuscript proposal there in front of you? Let's go through it together! I think you are making a big mistake!
TPS: . . . and see if there is anything that can help you, Mr. Smith. I am afraid I don't have the time to continue talking about this, but I ---
JS: And I have heard you guys are author-friendly! What a joke. Fine, I will take it elsewhere and you will be sorry when it wins about 10 awards!
TPS: ...but I hope my email provides you with some assistance. . .