I received a rejection in the mail yesterday. The "snail" mail. The good old-fashioned paper mail. Take a look at the picture--do you see the wrinkles and coffee stains on the right side of my SASE? Inside: two note cards with hand-scribbled comments about what worked, and what didn't, in my story.
At the end of Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, John Lagan includes story notes with a little discussion about sending/receiving actual paper correspondence with editors. I couldn't help but feel something has been lost in the era of quick-click email submissions. Granted, everything happens so much faster now, but, especially as a child, I loved the feeling of waiting for the mail. My wife laughs because I sometimes I still have that childlike enthusiasm.
How many of us would keep writing if each story (and rejection) was sent in the regular post?