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Foste
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So my current quota is 20 rejections, 7 of them personal.

Here goes:

Dear Stefan:
Thank you for submitting "The Bones of her Brother". Unfortunately I have decided to pass. The story is beautifully written and paced, and it's clear that you know what you're doing as a writer. However, I felt like ultimately the story lacked emotional impact because the importance of the bones was not clearly established from the get-go. Mostly however, Shimmer prefers stories with high emotional stakes and this seemed more action oriented.

Please keep us in mind for future submissions.

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Meredith
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Congratulations.
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KayTi
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Excellent! that's some really useful feedback, nice!
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LeetahWest
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Nice!! Yay!
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MAP
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Awesome!! Keep at it. [Smile]
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Merlion-Emrys
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Shimmer pretty much always gives personal rejections, usually pretty decent ones as far as such things go. I prickle a bit at their seeming implication that "action" and "high emotional stakes" are mutually exclusive.

Certainly gives me an even greater understanding of why they've rejected everything I've ever sent them...although I do have a piece I think they might like, once it comes around to that point in the rounds...

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LDWriter2
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NiIIIce...

And as someone already said handy too.

I have gotten a couple of personal ones from magazines that always send out personal notes but nothing even close to that. So Good For You.

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mrmeadors
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Wow, that is one nice rejection letter [Smile]

Melanie

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CGreen
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Congrats.

Personal rejections are always better than form rejections.

Good luck resubmitting.

Cher

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Robert Nowall
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Nice to get some indication they've actually read the damned thing...
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Received a personal comment from Ideomancer the other day. Just one sentence saying they liked something but the pacing was off.

I don't recall getting a comment like that from them before but it's been a few months since I sent them anything and I forget for sure if they do it all the time.

The whole rejection seemed different like they changed it. But again I can't remember for sure.

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