emerson said it best

CLOUDSDear to us are those who love us… but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m not sure I find the people who send me rejection letters “dear” but I do think they make me want to try harder and be better.  Here’s an excerpt from my latest rejection regarding my short story:

Thank you for submitting “In Desert Found” to (name removed). It was well received here, but after some thought we have decided not to accept it for publication.

There is a lot of potential for emotional response from the reader in this story idea.

The beginning starts too slowly and lacks conflict to hold attention. Consequently I did not sympathize with Kaylee. Internal monologue would help understand her feelings.

I hope you’ll consider us again, and I wish you the best success in placing this story elsewhere.


I love it!  My very first non-form rejection!  Notice the change in font indicating the move from form to non-form, isn’t it bee-utiful?  Okay, okay it really sucks that they didn’t like the story and yes I am a little embarrassed to share my lack of skills–but it just felt like the thing to do.  And now that I’m done lamenting the rejection I’ve been urged to a new and unattempted performance…aka more editing!

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4 Responses to “emerson said it best”

  1. Sharla Says:

    I think they DID like it…hence the “non-form” rejection letter. Constructive criticism means they see potential and the makings of something great.

    Travel with me back to the late 90′s. I’m working on my performance degree at Shenandoah. I’m making some incredible music…and some not so incredible music. It was always exciting for me when my professors had criticism/guidance/ideas for me. I knew, at least, that they were interested in what I was doing and that I was, at the VERY least, moving in the right direction. On the flip side, I KNEW I was in BIG trouble if they didn’t say anything!!! And trust me, there were definately times when lessons were cut short and I was “sent away” with a *sigh* and a disappointed look. AHHH..memories!

    Every missed note, every botched phrase, every forgotten line…it was all a learning process. Sure, when I did it in front of 100′s of people it was really crappy…but it helped me become that much better. As a side note…the only B’s that I ever got in college were in applied piano. It’s almost like they didn’t want to give you A’s at first because then you wouldn’t try as hard. Or maybe I just stunk!This is probably NOTHING like what you’re experiencing, but I felt like sharing.

    Emerson is right.

  2. Jen Says:

    You always make me feel better. ;)

  3. Allison Smith Says:

    There is no failure except in no longer trying.
    – Elbert Hubbard

  4. Jen Says:

    Love it! :)

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