Just Say No to Being Rude
Most writers don’t like receiving form rejections. However, such type of rejections are sometimes necessary. Magazine editors are for the most part flooded with submissions. To respond to each one with some sort of in-depth critique, writers would be force to wait twice or even three times as long as they would for a form rejection.
What I found a bit astonishing is the few who choose to respond to those rejections with a derogatory remarks towards the editor(s). You wouldn’t walk up to your boss and proceed to sound off for the sole reason of them asking you to do your job. Why take your frustrations out on the people who spend hours, days even trying to sort through hundreds or sometimes thousands of submissions? It’s not an easy job to do. By sharing your grievances, you prove how much of an unprofessional you really are.
Personal rejections are not necessarily better than form. Yes, editors are providing feedback as to why they believe your story did or didn’t work. In the end, it’s merely their opinion. Your story may not be right for magazine but fits perfectly for another. Writers should be grateful to receive the dreaded form rejection. Some markets don’t send rejections at all.
Writing is a business. You’re selling your work and yourself. Expressing your frustrations to an editor for something mundane as a form rejection reflects bad on your character. Just say no to being rude.