I was surfing the Net this morning looking for some info I have elsewhere but can’t lay my hands on and it was just easier to look for it again, and came across this website called Rejection Collection. It’s exactly what it sounds like — rejection letters on all kinds of things creative. I read some of the agent/publisher rejections (submitted by the authors rejected) and found most of them to be of the whiny nature.
(I’m sorry. I know writing’s deeply personal. I know we put our hearts and souls into our work. I know it sucks pond water when someone else doesn’t love it as much as we do. And I also know that most of us are whiny about it.)
However, farther down the home page, there’s a header called “From the Other Side,” I think, and it’s responses from the folks doing the rejecting. Good reading there. I didn’t get to finish — too much else to do — but the comments I read were thoughtful and enlightening.
Especially THIS one. Check out what one intelligent, reasonable, well-spoken sci-fi editor has to say about rejections. Very good reading for a Sunday morning. Here’s the link.