Got a rejection on Neighbors, today. Not a big deal, actually — I think I would have been more surprised if the story had been accepted, for various reasons that I don’t think I’ll discuss here. (For the record, because I’ve been shouted at before: the quality of the piece(s) submitted are not among said reasons.)
The rejection letter was fine, but the editor expressed the hope that I’d try again in the future. I’m afraid I won’t, given my track record with both said editor and their own publishing house. It’s not that I’ve had nothing but rejections and am full of bile and seething resentment, not at all. It’s that I don’t think we’re a good fit for one another.
I wish them all the best of luck, and hope they got lots of stories that they loved, but I’m just going to save us all the time and trouble by removing them from my ‘to submit to’ list.