Let's face it: Authors face rejection. I've had my share of rejection, and I suspect that much more is to come. When I was younger, this sort of thing hit me hard.
"Oh no! People don't like me! What if they think I don't write well? Is it true? IS MY WHOLE LIFE A SHAM?!"
Now I just shrug, because I know better. There are many reasons why you might get rejected:
At any rate, I digress. The point is, I just received an awesome rejection e-mail for my submission ESCAPE FROM ESGARION. Why is it awesome? Because the editor didn't just leave me at "your story isn't a good fit." He commented on my writing quality, so that I had an idea of whether the lack of suitability was due to my inattention to my craft or to something else. His feedback was actually valuable in helping me know where I place in the writing-quality-meter.
This is what the publisher wrote back to me:
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I was so excited to receive a rejection email of this type that I shared it with a family member with the same fanfare as if I had received a glowing reception: "Check it out! I got rejected! Isn't that stupendous?"
If I'm ever in the place to reject submissions, I'd like to do the same: "Hey, it doesn't work for me, but here's some info you can use as you prepare a future submission to the next publisher."
Well, knowing now that someone in the publishing industry considers me an "incredible writer" with "exceptionally strong" writing skills and "immense talent," I am off to prepare my next submission!
Rejection? Who cares?