I debated for weeks whether or not to post my most recent rejection letter. Not because it was bad; far from it. The rejection letter was insightful and not only helped me identify the main problem with the story – something I had been struggling with for months – but also unlocked a new perspective within me on how to view my stories.
Obviously, I did post the rejection letter in the end. I think it’s important to mark progress, and throughout all the blogs I’ve had over the past decade, the most consistent comment I got was some variation of “thank you” in regards to posting rejection letters. I think it helps remind people that there are others toiling away in the slush piles, as well as provide a sense of camaraderie, if not community.
So that’s why I decided to post the rejection letter.
On to the next one.