Turning a Negative into a Positive
A few years ago, editors used to send rejection letters. Some would be standard and others would be personal and offer some helpful advice about why the submission wasn’t suitable. Nowadays, many editors don’t even seem to have the time to send a standard rejection.
So, if you do receive a rejection letter, and one with some details other than the usual ‘we enjoyed your article/story but as we receive so many, we can only use a few in each issue and sadly yours was one which came close’ and so on, take note of every word. If a busy editor has taken the time to say something about your submission, it’s clearly sincere and there to help you.
Sometimes we can be a bit precious about our work, especially if it’s been rejected. But those few words from the editor could make your work better and into a piece of work you can either re-submit or send elsewhere, turning that rejection into an acceptance.
When I saw this picture, I couldn’t help but smile. Happy Friday: