Is that an oxymoron? Until Friday I would have thought so too, but then I received the loveliest rejection I have ever received.
It was from The People's Friend and was full of useful feedback, telling me why the story wasn't right for them, which I very much appreciated.
But most of all it was the heartfelt encouragement telling me not to be too disappointed and to keep on sending stories to them.
Well I will. I have another story which is earmarked for the magazine, which I hope to be sending out shortly.
And I'm not going to give up, not when I get such lovely emails from this editor. She is a credit to both the magazine and the publishing industry as a whole.