It’s funny how an AFPA amazes me, (Acceptance For Publication Agreement) when that’s what I work toward. I signed one a few days ago. Ta dah!
The opposite is also true. A Rejection Email is a milestone which amazes me.
We all need feedback. Any form of feedback.
Pure excitement burst inside me when I received my first rejection. I told my critique group and wished I’d thought to have my iPhone camera ready. Their expressions ranged from stunned, confused, and comical. The confused member asked, “Why are you happy about that?”
“For me, it means I’m alive, working, and achieving…something. I’m doing the task of writing plus submitting articles and stories–not stashing them. You all told me that the industry changed and doesn’t send rejection letters on a regular basis. So, writers are often robbed of feedback. I sent the wrong story to the wrong publisher. I need to know.”
Here’s my cheer for the next form of feedback, “Yayeeeee!”