"Butch" got rejected again. But it didn't hurt as bad as it did in Junior High. I have to trust that if I keep putting it out there, someone in the publishing industry will get me and my writing. It was another form letter, and it was the best one I've received. However, I just have to mock the patronizing parts.
I made the mistake of answering my phone seconds after I read the letter, still in the parking lot of the post office. Luckily, it was Raelene and she was outraged on my behalf. Just one of the things I love about good girlfriends. I read her the letter. Together we dissected it.
"That's not rejection. That's just incorrect. It's a great story." She said. And, of course, from the letter we know that "The Judges had a very difficult time judging all of the excellent entries." Then it goes on to advise, "A wonderful way to develop and practice is to read your work before an audience or to listen to others read their work."
True, but don't you think I know that? Maybe we could've just stuck with the "thanks-but-no-thanks" approach to rejection. I prefer it to the "take-this-advice-and-maybe-you'll-get-it-next-time-champ" variety.
Next paragraph: "You are invited to the xxEvent on Xxx. You can listen the authors who placed first read their work. We have reserved your spot at the losers table ... Next year you may well be the one reading your work and having it published."
And, the best part, "Continue to believe in yourself."
Yes, the funky sounding sentence is really in the letter, yes I made up the losers table part - and I'm sure the guy was just trying to think of a nice, encouraging closing, I'm just saying ...