Earlier today I published the August 2011 issue of decomP, which is really good, I think, though all editors say that about their publications, and one thing I always do is send out a monthly e-mail when a new issue goes live. A few hours later I got an e-mail in the d inbox from a person named J. Brooke, who wrote:
You people are amazing, ego centri, talentless egoists, who think they really know what the written word is all about, yet have never aken a single risk in life to really understand what it takes to really write something of substance. PLEASE, do something, anything, take some riskes in life, instead of consuming your self in your little insestious click, complimenting yourselves as you masturbATE TOGETHER, CREATING THE DRIP, DRIP OF TRIVAL WORK YOU HAVE ELEVATEd TO SOMETHING SPECIAL, INSTEAD OF REALIZING WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS A CIRCLE JERK OF NOTHING, pathetic, that is what it really is.
That was his/her e-mail verbatim. I didn't recognize the name, but I checked our archived submissions, and it turned out that s/he submitted back in January of this year and was rejected, which makes me think s/he is just disgruntled. Whatever the case, the only thing this e-mail accomplished was entertaining me. It didn't piss me off. It didn't make me question our editorial decisions. But, if the purpose was to get his/her name mentioned, that worked. Either way, my advice to J. Brooke would be to get over it and move on. Rejection happens to us all.