I've had my manuscript (or a portion of it) out to a couple of different publishers for a while, as well as a short story, but I hadn't heard anything. I was beginning to think I would even be happy for a rejection because at least it would be some feedback.
So, today I got a rejection. It was a nice rejection, with a suggestion for ways to strengthen my story. And, in fact, among the weaknesses the editor cited was one that I had become aware of myself. I had already started rewriting to deal with that issue. So I feel like I've begun moving in the right direction.
Still, a rejection is a rejection and I'm feeling a bit bummed. Oh well. I'll keep working on it and try to make it better. When life throws you lemons, right … ? I wonder if editors ever reconsider a manuscript after it's been significantly rewritten (some months or even years later)?