I wrote a very personal essay on something that happened to me at eighteen. I sent it off with a deep breath and hoped it would be chosen for an anthology someone was putting together. today I received this;
Thank you for sending us “Patti Smith Saved My Life”. It was such an honor to be given the opportunity to review your work, however it was not selected for publication in Stories of Music: Volume 2. We were overwhelmed with the number (and quality) of submitted pieces for the book, and quite simply, we had to choose those which will best compliment one another as a collection.
While your work was not selected for this publication, we truly enjoyed reviewing it. Thank you again for the opportunity, and hopefully we will have another opportunity to work together in the future. All the best to you in your creative endeavors.
I don’t want to be disappointed but I am. It was a hard piece to write and I waited over six weeks to hear back. Now on the one hand, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, but Ugh! That means more waiting and possibly more disappointment. Sometime I really don’t feel cutout for this.