I just read J.C. Tabler's last post on his muddled rejection from 'Potters Field' and I was just wondering what kind of rejection you like to recieve. I know that no one likes to recieve a rejection letter but they are inevitable (like my wife says, 'if I had your proficiency rating where I work I would be fired but you are actually doing pretty good.' She is a pharmacist and they aren't allowed to make mistakes very often.)
I was just wondering, do you prefer the form letter that bluntly but politely tells you that you weren't accepted or do you prefer the often wordy personal rejection that tells you everything that was wrong with your piece and then politely tells you good luck getting it placed in the future.
I am still up in the air myself. I would think that a personal rejection is better because the editor took the time to personally tell you why he didn't like your story (if he didn't like it at least why it wasn't right for them.) On the other hand the form rejection is nice to because it can be taken so openly. Your piece could have stunk on ice or maybe they just had enough pieces that were that length. Maybe they had just accepted a zombie story and are looking for something in early European werewolf.
I still prefer the acceptance letter hands down, rejections just suck.
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