That's the message I received this week. It's not good enough - yet. That means it could be if I made some changes.
Sure, I've just spent three months rearranging the structure, removing a couple of plot arcs, writing out a couple of characters and changing the focus from two characters to two others. I've worked damned hard on this story, and they say it still isn't good enough.
What do you do?
Me... I plan the next rewrite.
That's how much I want this story to be published. I'll change whatever needs to be changed to make this story publishable. The characters will still be mine, the plot will still be mine, the world I created will still be mine. All the words written there will still be mine, they'll just be reordered and represented in a format that appeals to the publisher and matches their guidelines better than the previous version.
The fact that I've totally rewritten this story three times already is irrelevant. If I want it to be published, I have to make the structure and the characters work for the publisher I'm targeting.
That means I'll rewrite the damned thing as many times as I have to.
That's how much I want to be published.