Only, this one keeps coming back.
"Trail of the Brujo" has come back (again) from a market not to be named here with a very blunt rejection letter. The letter says that I need to become "a much more careful writer". After wailing and gnashing a bit I looked at it and say that there were two (2) big errors on the first page. I'd changed a line I didn't like and had missed deleting the original. The effect was that I had the same idea twice in the first paragraph. I'd also removed my contact information when I workshopped the story and had forgotten to put it back in befure submitting the story.
My bad, and it's easy to see a rejection for those two things alone.
The other comment was more cryptic.
...having a witch not believe in shapeshifting shows that you do not know the
subject you are writing about.
I can see how this could be a valid point. I'm puzzled by the fict that the witch/brujo character in the story, never says he disbelieves in shapeshifting. In fact, there's no discussion of shapeshifting anywhere in the story.
Color me puzzled.
Still, O best beloved, it is not wise to argue with an editor. I have made the corrections I could and sent the story on to a new market.
I may be getting better at this rejection business. There was on;y a days-worth of wailing and gnashing of teeth this time. (That will probably help with the dental bills too.)