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Osiris
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Well, call me crazy, but I'm happy about a rejection! John Joseph Adams of Lightspeed just sent me a personal rejection, saying he enjoyed my story (Platinum Blonde) and it is nicely written, though it didn't win him over, and he looks forward to my next submission.

Am I insane to be happy over this? After 35 form rejections, I've gotten two personal ones in a row for two different stories. It finally feels like I'm getting somewhere.

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I think it is awesome Orisis. Definitely a sign you are moving in the right direction.

Keep at it. [Smile]

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Delli
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I would be super happy with that!

Quick, write more, send more - STAT! [Smile]

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That's awesome, Osiris!

Keep at it. You're obviously doing something right!

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Yeah, smaller congrats, [Smile]

Two personal out of 35 is a good record I think, especially when those 35 are your first ones.

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LeetahWest
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Yay for happy rejections!!!
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Osiris, I really don't want to burst your bubble, but did your rejection read like this:

"Thanks for submitting this story, but I'm going to pass on it. It's nicely written and I enjoyed reading it, but overall it didn't quite win me over, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way. I look forward to seeing your next submission."

From JJA this is a form, but it is a high level form. Not quite a personal, but still very good.

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Osiris
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Ah, damn, that is a convincing form rejection. Bubble burst, but only slightly.
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It's almost the same computer-generated form he used at F & SF.

I don't think I've gotten anything close to a personal response since sometime in the 1990s...

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I don't think I've ever seen that one even when he did send a personal note about five years ago.

He said he liked my opening and something else I can't recall but I lost him in the middle. That was back at F&SF. With Lightspeed I haven't gotten above what I think is his second level form rejection.
That goes for Fantasy Magazine also but I think he's only read a couple of mine for that one... and now evidently it's combining with Lightspeed.

So is this one his third level or higher?

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