A let-down to boost you up

I was very happy reading a rejection letter last week. Not because I’ve gone mad, or reached a Buddha-high level of zen attitude towards these usually unpleasant few lines.

Cream City Review editor Todd Wellman liked my story – not enough to publish it, mind you, but enough to send me a detailed critique of it, in 27 points ranging from an extra space between two words to questioning whether it really ended where it should. I was really grateful for the effort, especially as his email, along with a couple more personal rejections I received around the same time, gave me a welcome boost when it seems nobody’s been caring very much for what I sent them recently.

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