We’ve all been there. Whether it was your mother telling you to not slouch at the dinner table or a teacher chiding you for sending a paper airplane zipping across the classroom, every one of us has experienced criticism at one point or another. Some can ignore it. Some become offended by it. Others take it into consideration.
For a writer submitting work to magazines, small presses, or large publishers, criticism is bound yo land on your doorstep. You can run around crying and screaming while blaming the editor for the supposed insult. You can turn your nose up in the air and assume you know better. Those options might soothe your ego, but you’ll never become published.
If an editor offers criticism, consider yourself lucky! Something might’ve shined through in your writing for that editor to jot down a few notes about the positives and negatives in your work. Those who are published or become published mull over the criticism, return to their manuscript, and revise those mistakes or negatives.
Of course you as the writer might not always agree with an editor’s criticism, but at least consider what was pointed out. You as the writer know what’s best for your manuscript, but not heeding advice will stifle your development.