Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It has been quite a while since I've had one that hurt. And that one was more about the circumstances surrounding the rejection than the rejection itself.
The goal is to aim high while not getting your hopes up. Never count on the sale. But I must admit I feel a little surprised at a rejection I received a few days ago. I wrote a story aimed at a particular market, figured I'd nailed all the criteria and guidelines, and received a form rejection within eight hours.
That rejection doesn't hurt either, but I am a little curious as to the reasons why my story didn't advance to the next round of selections. Of course it's bad form to ask, and there's no obligation for the editor to tell me. And ultimately it probably wouldn't help me anyway.
But sometimes just a few extra words would be appreciated.