Their initial email said:
Thank you for sending us your work. We appreciate the chance to consider it. Unfortunately it does not fit our editorial needs at this time.
We enjoyed the concept of the essay and hope you might consider sending a revision.
Sincerely, The Editors
Which was lovely. Glad they liked it enough to want to see it again. Of course, the answer is yes, I'd be glad to revise. So I wrote:
Thanks for your kind note. What kind of revision do you have in mind? I'd be glad to give it a try.
Weeks went by without response, so I assumed I'd answered an unattended in-box and went on about my business. Just now I received this:
I'm sorry we read so many stories we don't have time to give lots of comments. But we felt it could use a few more rounds of revisions.
I don't know what to do with that (lack of) information. I can look at the piece I considered finished enough to submit and try tweaking it at random, hoping to answer whatever they don't like about the essay without screwing up whatever it was they did like.
Or I could move on.
Since I'm not a mind-reader, I guess I do know what I should do after all.
Causes Loren Rhoads Supports