I received a letter of rejection from the assistant editor at Silhouette Special Edition yesterday for the manuscript I have had out since September 2006. Not with him all that time, but he got it in December and I just heard back . It was a helpful letter of what he didn't think worked and what I might rethink for my next one. Since I have one almost ready to send out, this comes at a good time. Better before than after. So, now I'm moving onward and hoping to mail the new one out in another month or two. He also invited me to send anything I have that I think might work for SE. This one is targeted to the same line and yes, I think it might work.
I don't think I'd like to be an editor and have to tell people 'No'. I'm not really very good at it. My husband used to tell me, "You need to learn to say 'No' sometimes." I am still trying to learn that lesson. I do admire someone who, like Charles , can tell someone no with such grace and encouragement. I believe it's a talent not everyone possesses.