For "Down Here" I earned something different in being rejected by AGNI.
Dear Gary Presley,
Thank you for giving AGNI the opportunity to read your work. We found the writing lively and interesting and enjoyed reading it. After careful consideration, we've decided that this manuscript isn't right for us, but please consider sending other work in the future.
This is not our customary rejection slip.
" ... not our customary ... "
... which the American Heritage Dictionary defines as:
- 1. Commonly practiced, used, or encountered; usual.
- 2. Based on custom or tradition rather than written law or contract.
... which could mean that they took extraordinary effort to make certain I understood my writing was unacceptable.
"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." - Kahlil Gibran