Anyhoo...they are mad as hornets over there at me (one commenter called me a "dork," and another called me an "asshat," and there's some question about my balls, which is kind of fun.)
So, Kelly, who is pissed, and never mentions all the good press I give her, has asked the following question:
"I guess my problem with Writer, Rejected and [another blogger] Vanessa’s comments are lack of evidence. Can either of you back up your argument? Do you have personal experience? An editor who rejected you because they solicited a piece instead, maybe? I’d like to know! I’d be stunned and find that despicable, but at least I’d understand where you’re coming from."
Hello? Has Kelly read LROD and my 9 million rejections? I would bet (but can't prove) that a few editors have solicited a writer from another lit mag, or from a friendly workshop, or from their friends on Face Book, after passing my work up. But what does that prove? They will just say what they always say, which is that I'm clearly not worthy of being published.
Anyone want to answer her question about why editor solicitation is so irritating a practice to the serious writer who banks on good writing to open doors?