This is what I came home to after a long and miserable work week yesterday. Oy.
On the other hand, it’s very polite and didn’t actually say my writing sucked, plus the editor was encouraging in inviting me to submit to them again.
I realized that all of the stories that have been rejected (three stories and four rejections, one tale was rejected twice) are still “in play” in the Authoring directory on my PC’s hard drive, so I created a separate “rejection” folder for them. I’ll probably rename it when I feel better about it, since it means these stories are once more available to submit.
Veteran science fiction author Steven Barnes on his blog sometimes gives out advice to struggling writers, and one piece of advice is don’t re-edit a story unless a publisher specifically requests it. So I probably (for now) won’t change any of the stories that have been sent back to me.
However, I should at least re-read them to see if there’s some inherent flaw I was blind to before. I know for my “Mars” story, one editor did give me some feedback, and as much as I’m emotionally attached to that wee missive, I will likely revisit those comments at some point.
My concern is that there are stories out there I’ve submitted long ago for which I’ve received zero feedback, which means they could already have been rejected and the editor just hasn’t gotten around to telling me.
At least those publications that use the online app submittable let me check the status of my stories, so even if I don’t hear back from the editor, I can tell at what stage they are in their process.
That said, I did submit a new story to a publication a couple of days ago, so I’m trying to keep the pipeline active.