Submitting fiction for publication is like a drug habit (in theory, anyway...I haven't had any drug habits). Those first submissions, oh how the rejection stings. Later, when you get the first "hit", sweet nirvana. Then you go back for more. The stings aren't so bad this time, but the hits don't take you as high. You crave bigger hits. Pro sales. That book deal that will make everything okay.
Only it won't.
The writing has to be the high, really. Why do it if it's not?
All right, enough of that. Onward to today's title:
What Not to Do
How to Look Like an Amateur
Never, never write a nasty note back to an editor if you receive a rejection. I've had rejections that were snarky, off-base, misspelled, confused (mixing verb tense with POV...sheesh), but I've never sent a nasty note to an editor.
I don't care what the venue is, how much you would have been paid/not paid...just don't do it. The professional thing? Take the rejection and move on. The longer you do this (see above) the less rejection will sting (of course, the less success will take you high...what a catch-22). Just move on, okay? How can you tell a seasoned pro (even more than by her/his paycheck)? She/he knows how to move on to the next thing.
That is all.
Tomorrow: My writing year in review. Please don't hold your breath.