Got another rejection email today for a short story I submitted under my real name. (I hesitate to say “serious story” because it’s about aliens and taking over the world… but there’s no sex. At least, no erotica.)
This was the first time, in my history of ~40 rejections, that the letter actually included some personal feedback.
All this time, I’ve been saying, “Wow, I wish the editors would just tell me what they didn’t like about my story!”
Well, this editor did.
Basically, he didn’t like everything. The beginning. The middle. The end. And all the other bits, too.
And, from now on, maybe I don’t want to know what they didn’t like about my story…
Also, the editor said: “Perhaps too much reliance on swearing to convey the conversation tone.”
Ah well, at least I get to color in one more swirl!
Curious about my writing? Check out this excerpt from my paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel, or my flash fiction.