Last Wednesday I received an e-mail from Asimov's stating my short story Sailing to Eden had been rejected. The content of this message was encouraging, however:
Thank you for letting me see "Sailing to Eden." The story is
nicely done, but I’m afraid it's not quite right for me. I look forward to your
next one, though.
Sheila Williams, editor
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Someone told me Sheila is the top editor for Asimov's, and for her to get it the story would have to have been passed through several levels. It could just as easily have been published!!!
I find this really encouraging. I have a rank list for this story and am sending it to the next professional publisher on it.