Rejection 17: Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Rejections suck, that's obvious. I've said it before, and they'll always suck, some sting worse than others, some just feel like a little bump in the road. There's something about this rejection, that makes it feel less significant than others. I don't know if it has more to do with the the publisher or the story itself
The publisher, which as always will remain anonymous, is less known than I plan on working with from now on, although the anthology felt like a good fit for the story. Speaking of the story, I still don't know how I feel about it. It ties into the larger world I'm building with my detective series that started in "Nightmare Noir" but only superficially.
The idea for the main antagonist started germinating a few years ago, but it wasn't until earlier this year that it coalesced into a fully realized idea. It's a good story, but I didn't have time to sit on it for too long, because soon after completing it, I saw this call for submissions that perfectly fit the story.
I'm a little surprised it was rejected, but that's fine, I'll find a home for it when the time is right.
Hi, Alex -
Thanks for submitting your story. Sorry, after careful consideration I won’t be using the story for the anthology “B****** t** W**** – T**** f*** t** D***” – good luck placing the story elsewhere.
What I find funny about this rejection, in an admittedly self-abasing way, is that the editor, doesn't seem to try to hide the fact they didn't like the story. In all likelihood, this was a form rejection that they send to everyone who doesn't get accepted, but the wording of it doesn't exactly instill confidence in the work. "Unfortunately, we're going to pass on this one. It's not what we're looking for right now."
Don't get me wrong, I'm against the coddling mentality the country seems to be in, but typically form rejections make it sound like they liked the piece, but for one reason or another it doesn't fit in the antho, or their publishing motif.
I don't know, maybe I'm reading too much into what wasn't said, but to me it reads like they aren't really encouraging authors to want to submit to them in the future. I, for one, am stubborn and will certainly try with them again. And if I'm being honest with myself, I'm not terribly pleased with the story that I submitted, so I can understand a rejection, and even would respect the editor if this was an original email where she was saying she didn't like the story.
To hell with form rejections!