Yesterday I received a nice rejection for the picture/audio combo version of Turtle Ted. The journal wrote, "Your piece was a source of constant debate for us, and there was something about it that we found very charming. Unfortunately, we couldn't make it fit within the overall aesthetic of the journal."
For non-writers, "nice rejection" is
not me being facetious. There is actually a concept of "good" rejections
and bad (or standard) rejections. A standard rejection is a form
letter. A nicer rejection, is anything with a personal touch that shows
it was read, like "try us again!" or "hard decision."
rejection should encourage you to keep sending something out, which I
hope to do with Ted. The project is made a bit more difficult in this
case though, because there are still only a few journals that do
multi-media. Even the online ones are mostly print-based.
reminded to check and see if my piece that had been accepedt for an audio
magazine called The Drum earlier this year had been posted yet--and it
was! It's a humorous essay called "Sunday Afternoon with Buddha and
Spider," and you can listen to it here.