I haven’t been submitting short fiction for long, but I’ve never received more than a form letter. That changed a couple of weeks ago when I finally got a personal response from a major market. It was still a rejection, but it told me why it was rejected and asked me to resubmit.
My scientific explanations bogged down the story.
Well … that changes things. I immediately took my two main stories and hacked them up, cutting out even the subtle dialogue explanations, sacrificed to keep the flow.
Today I got an email saying one made it past the first round of readings.
First time ever.