Reading through my rejections for the short stories I’ve submitted over the years, I realized from the tone of the rejections that I write well enough to sell, but my stories lack that one special ingredient–whatever that is. One editor of a well-known science fiction magazine wrote me a very nice letter; another apologized for holding the story for a long time but was trying to decide if it suited his publication; another told me he’d almost bought a story of mine, but it just barely missed the mark. Seems like I usually make it to the second round. They all complimented me on the writing. So, I’m not a total loss, and the rejections I’ve received are encouraging. And that’s the best take-away.