A Bob Lucky Viewpoint
On Being an Editor
This editing business is not intuitive, and rejecting work is painful because, and I've been at the receiving end of more rejections than acceptances, I know that it's hard for a writer not to take it personally.
But now, at the editor-end of the process, I do see that rejection isn't personal. It may be fickle, unfathomable, confounding and depressing, but it isn't personal.
I have also come to believe, as an editor, that if there is a heaven, a special table near the fireplace is reserved for contributors who read the submission guidelines.