Well, the expected Thud! arrived last Thursday. Am I disappointed? Yes. But I’m not in the least discouraged. It doesn’t exactly feel good to get a rejection, but strangely enough, I don’t feel bad about it either. It feels more like an inevitable step in the process and my first official rejection is like a milestone.
I haven’t yet decided whether to re-submit the same piece to another publication. Leaning toward yes, and I already have one or two places in mind from my short-list. It feels good to try at any rate, and as long as it continues to do so, I believe I’ll continue to submit my work.