I received comments back from an editor who placed me first in a contest. Despite overwhelmingly positive feedback, the response is threatening to throw me into a tail spin.
Without going into gory details, I must reaffirm:
- I knew this was going to be hard when I started
- I couldn’t have written these stories in any other place, they are what they are
- It’d be this hard no matter what
- The real reason is that the writing’s not good enough yet (believe it or not, this is here to cheer me up)