|My (tiny) story is bottom left, click the link (below) for more|
But I feel a whole new seam has opened up from the mouths of editors in the form of acceptances:
How about this for a recent acceptance from Penny Fiction at Haunted Waters (which I'm hoping is their standard acceptance blurb and they haven't just singled me out for such a begrudging 'yes' and churlish afterword):
"To my surprise, I found your story to be quite agreeable...... Now that I know what you are capable of, you have no excuses for submitting work of lesser quality in the future."
I should mention this is the first story I have submitted to this market so this is not a reflection on previous attempts!
I also had this from the editor of Green Prints (aka 'the weeder's digest') rejecting a poem she otherwise liked because elements of it: "...may offend people who do have such faith. Why? I have no desire to and see no purpose in antagonizing them; many of them are good, loving people." I know - you're thinking what the hell did I write? ... Suffice to say that of course she was right and after I made some simple revisions the poem has now been accepted. I'm not sure if the publication will be online but I'll flag it up if it is.
Is a rejection almost preferable to a grudging response or being held accountable for upsetting the readers? Nope.