These are all for the same story, which I completed last summer:
It was well received here, but after some thought we have decided not to accept it for publication. this came very close. Very pretty :).
I quite liked this, but it felt a little insubstantial for this length, and my co-editors didn’t like it quite as much as I did.
Even though the narrative tone was more external or fable-esque than I usually prefer, I really enjoyed the first third or so of the story… I was hoping for something more character-centered… I hope you will feel free to submit again.
Your story was held for further consideration either by myself or my assistant and carefully read. I was intrigued by the idea behind this story and the style in which it was written, but on completing my reading ultimately decided I wasn’t compelled enough to make an offer to buy it.
My reaction to this is a mixture of pleasure at the positive reception, and annoyance at the lack of actual publication. Ah, well, such is the fate of a newbie writer. Once more into the breach…