It’s always nice when, by some stroke of luck, numerous editors decide to send you rejections on the same day. I’m not saying that there’s a vast publisher conspiracy to barrage unsuspecting writers with a storm of rejection slips within hours of each other in the hopes of discouraging said writers from ever again putting pen to paper.
I’m not saying that at all.
I am saying that it totally sucks when this bizarre coincidence occurs.
I received two rejections today. One from Down in the Cellar, which took close to a month and proffered no criticism. They did ask that I send future work, but I suspect it was a form letter.
The second rejection was out about 23 days and came from Chizine. I absolutely love this magazine, and I swear, I will break in one day!
The rejection letter from Chizine was fairly detailed and filled with comments and suggestions for ways to rewrite the story. They also mentioned some authors to read that would help illustrate said criticisms.
The comments were pretty harsh, but informative. And the letter closed out by, once again, asking for my future work, which is always nice.
I thought I’d post this last link for those sadistic writers who aren’t happy reading only their own rejections. Some of the rejections are funny. It’s worth a gander.