September 5th, 2006

My First Alas


These days I don't get excited over rejection letters. If it's a quality market and they invite to send more, that's cool, but at this phase of the game I want sales.

But the rejection I received today is different. The Slush God finally passed a story of mine along to Gordon Van Gelder, the editor at F&SF. He rejected it, slipping in an infamous "alas" into the letter. And when I saw this it made my day. Getting the Van Gelder "alas" is like a rite of passage in the short story world. It's like I've been made.

Thanks, Gordon. :) Of course, next time I won't be quite so happy . . .