Writers are probably the most rejected people in the world. You’d think after all that rejection you’d be able to take a hint. Yet many writers don’t seem to be able to read between the lines when it comes to the contents of their rejection letter.
Here’s a quick anecdote regarding a writer who has become a frequent submitter over at my lit mag Bartleby Snopes. First, some background. We always provide feedback on submissions (unless a writer opts out), but every response starts from a basic template. Our standard template ends with a response that goes a little something like this:
Good luck with this one elsewhere. Feel free to try us again in the future with something new, but please wait at least one month before submitting again.
If you’ve submitted to more than a handful of places, then you’ve probably seen something like this before. Even…
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