Saturday, I received a rejection for a flash fiction piece.
Have you ever received a rejection which contained "ick"? Yeah, me either, until Saturday.
Now, I understand not every story is for every person. Everyone is entitled to their feelings and opinions. But, when you're commenting on something for a literary magazine, you're supposed to have some professionalism. Right?
It's a short flash fiction, a dark snapshot. Maybe they dislike my kind of story at their magazine. Maybe they just say they will take everything but are picky on which darkness invades their bits and bytes.
The last few lines of feedback, I think, tried to be thoughtful between the insults. I need more background for my "very simple story" using my "too practical" writing. The terms "mean" and "nasty" also made an appearance.
I must say, I cried for an hour after reading this. I felt like a failure. Of course my writing is too basic. Of course the story stinks. Of course... of course...
I've told myself over and over that this is the last year I'm writing for publication, even before the rejection from Hades.
Though, there was one thing which made me feel a tiny bit better the next day (besides sleep). I received another rejection on the same story just last month. Near the end it says: Though this particular piece is not quite right for us, please consider submitting additional work in the future. We like your style.
It could be something they say to all the declined suitors but, of course, I'd like to think it was something special, just for me.
Have you had a bad rejection lately? How did you handle it?