But I'm not that upset. I've collected my fair share of rejections over time, mostly the standard this-just-isn't-right-for-us form letter. When I got a box of copies back that had circulated an editorial office prior to my rejection, I wasn't sure if I was flattered that more than one editor read it or devastated that more than one editor rejected it. And now, a lot of editors don't even bother with rejections. Their submissions guidelines indicate if you haven't heard back in a certain period of time, assume it's a no.
Yes, the rejection letter is perhaps becoming a lost art. Mental Floss magazine recently posted a list of famous authors' rejection letters. They just ooze contempt. They make rejection personal. The writer knew this editor didn't just not pay enough attention to the manuscript, or get swamped with submissions - this editor meant to reject you. Now that's a rejection you can frame and hang on your wall.
I stood at a writers' networking meeting a short while back and listened as we went around the room and introduced ourselves and what projects we were working on. I'd say at least half were collecting rejections. We all understood. It's a torture writers seem compelled to put themselves through - to send out your writing and check your email every 10 seconds in case an editor read just the first sentence and needs to publish you right away. (It could happen!)
But in the meantime, whether you're expecting a six-figure contract or a six-word rejection, the important thing to remember is to KEEP WRITING! That's what it's all about in the end.
Looking for a little support? Join in my next workshop for adults who write for children and teen's through Portland Adult Education. It starts January 14, so hurry and sign up now!