Hey, guess what, Children of the Internet? Rejection is not only a reality, it's also a necessity and, honest to goshness, it's okay and you'll survive to be rejected again. So, instead of immediately accusing editors of being evil gatekeepers trying to prevent new talent from being seen (in reality their job is the exact opposite) and running to Amazon's self-pub crutch, try accepting the feedback and fixing the submission's issues.
That's what old Chris does, and it often pays off nicely. I'll give you an example, assuming you're still reading at this point. eFiction recently rejected a story I sent them, but were kind enough to advise me the story had potential and they'd love to take a second look at it once I'd done a rewrite. They even provided a link to an online writers workshop via their site so I could have someone go through it!
If a writer is unwilling to take advantage of that kind of resource, he or she might as well start writing pamphlets. Below are some of the comments the editor who workshopped my short story sent me:
"Jesus, I am loving this story, but you are missing an awesome moment."
"You have a few problem areas that need to be fixed, but this story is where it
is at. Good on you... damn it, I love being wrong when something turns out so
"To tell you the truth... you do not need another book to help your story. Your
story can hold its own without mentioning someone else's work... but I love how
you are informing us of another writer. So, make me understand what I don't."
"Freaking loved it!"
You evil bastard you.
Your's is the third
that I've workshopped in conjunction with efiction. The first two I couldn't
make it halfway... story is very important to me - more so than grammar.
It was midnight when I got off my eight hour factory shift and it is 2am
now. I've spent two hours and three 22 ounce Cheladas reading your story.
I am extremely impressed. You have some definite problem areas that need
to be corrected and I have thrown in a few suggestions here and there.
want to see this story in the October edition of efiction - it deserves to be
Frankly, his comments are more entertaining than my story! I've only included a few here but he sent me five separate emails. Naturally, not all responses will be so positive, but without this type of feedback you're basically singing in the shower when the house is empty and expecting people to consider you a professional singer~