I usually submit to the New Yorker on Monday and if it’s approved (hasn’t happened yet!) I will hear on Friday. No reply means it’s a pass. Sometimes, the editor sends note. I wrote and re-wrote this one and I really thought it would make it. Alas, last week I got a note encouraging me to continue but no sale.
They receive over 2,000 comics a week, so I know it’s significant for the editor to send a note. I keep that in mind while I manage my feelings around repeated rejection. It’s a rough way to start the weekend, for sure! But as I move through this often brutal process, I see growth in my writing and drawing. *I* like the comic. And that counts.
It doesn’t pay, but it counts.