Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In which I am rejected: once again, kindly

"ToB" has come back to me. As with this story's first outing, the polite and friendly editor has taken the time to write a personal note. In this case, he praised the style, and criticized the length and the finale. Like the first editor to have seen this story, he invited me to submit other work.

I call that a pretty solid sophomore outing for this story.

"Fail better," I say to myself. Except I'm not actually sure there is a better type of rejection than this--one step up the ladder lies acceptance.

(If only this wasn't my best work! It quite outshines the other stories I've written since. I guess that's where the "fail better" will have to come in.)

2 comments:

cj said...

It's hard to be happy with that, but it tells you that you're almost there.
The next step up might be: "We can't make an offer, unless you make some changes."
Good luck.

clairification said...

Thanks!

It's funny, but I don't even find it hard to be happy with rejections--after all, they're a big step up from the deafening silence I was getting when I didn't submit anything!