Any one who has gone through the journey of trying to become a legacy (traditionally) published author has faced rejection, rejection, rejection. Most of the time those rejections come as a non response. You're left wondering did they read it?
Or a form reply... Decline, decline, decline, decline because your writing is not as good as theirs or hers or his or mine.
But sometimes, rarely, only twice for me you get a personalized rejection. It's still a no. Still a I'm sorry, we'll have to pass. However, it has personalized feedback. You get to have the mini-celebration that someone valued your idea enough to at least read your work. I just received one of those "(some-what) happy no" letters last Friday. Here's what it said:
I am so thankful for this feedback. Hopefully this is just one more rejection on my way to acceptance.
I do have a somewhat exciting update on my Hockey story... The Nashville Predators are considering selling this story next year through their foundation. So, it's still not a yes... but not a no. I would donate the sales to their foundation and the Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital. Keeping fingers crossed.