Got another rejection from the vault to share with you. This is the seventh rejection I received after I started seriously tracking my submissions through Duotrope. Let’s have a look.
Rejection Number: 7
Story Sent: 2/2/2013
Rejection Received: 2/21/2013
Rejection Type: Personal Rejection
Thanks for letting us see [story title]. I regret to say that it’s not right for [publisher].
I loved the incredible vividness of this story, and thought the ending was rather awesome. [Redacted detail about the story] However, the long digressions into [theme of story], while interesting and well written, really slowed the pace for me. It ended up feeling like there was too much internal monologue for the bit of action the story provided.
Best of luck with this in other markets.
This was one of the first detailed personal rejections I received when I got serious about submitting short fiction. The editor kindly explains exactly what their issue with the story was. I also liked how they included qualifiers like “for me” rather than using imperative statements. Though I did not change the story based on this feedback, it does NOT mean the editor was wrong. It means my story was not a good fit for this market and this editor. I went on to sell this story to another publisher shortly after this rejection. Again, I am not trying to show this editor was wrong for rejecting my story. Instead, this is a good example that a rejection from one market absolutely does not mean it won’t sell elsewhere. These kinds of rejections can also be very informative, and I managed to sell a story to this particular market the following year, partly because the feedback here gave me a good idea of what they might like.
*You’ll notice I pulled some details out of this rejection. I did that because it would give away which story I’m talking about and possibly identify the publisher. That’s something I always try to avoid.
Thoughts on this rejection or this type of rejection? Tell me about it in the comments.
Also, check out the first post in this series below: