coolness, rejection, and pain
Thanks for this! It's so hard as a writer to be honest about rejection. For me, not because the coolness factor, but for fear of being labeled "difficult" or "uncooperative." Like, if you say out loud that publishing is just not a meritocracy and that the best work doesn't always rise to the top, you're not a team player. But, there really isn't a team, is there?