Friday, January 07, 2011
Rejection..The New Pragmatism
I recently had a discussion with some other folk about rejection, something people should expect to receive more of as the number of publishing venues shrinks. The discussion trended toward...
1) What was the fastest you've ever been rejected (my own self? Three days..fastest acceptance? A few hours.)
2) What was the most frustrating rejection? (One friend received someone else's form letter)
3) What was the most encouraging? (When I was twenty, I sent a short story to the New Yorker and received a personalized, several paragraph hand-written response).
Mostly, when I've had a story returned and thought about it, I tend to find something to change, or I realize I should have done a better job researching the market and meeting the editorial needs. I've also had the opportunity to talk to editors and hear their stories about psychotic writers, but I'll let others speak to that.