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Friday, 11 September 2009

Tell Me More!

I had notification that a story shortlisted for a women's magazine had not been successful after all. Fair enough. At least they let me know. I can send it somewhere else. However, what made it a great rejection was that they went a bit further than most. They said that to reach the shortlist, stories had to be of the highest quality. So my story went a long way and was close to being chosen. I was encouraged to keep sending more stories to them.

This is so helpful and makes writers feel motivated to keep going. It is more than a brush-off. Much more. It is the next best thing to an acceptance.

So, rejections can be almost painless if there is some positive feedback on offer at the same time.

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