In the bottom margin of a form rejection letter, an editor from the X-Review added this verbatim: "Thanks for the Submission! I enjoyed reading it and hope you submit more!"
The exclamation points are the editor's.
Now, my question: am I correct is assuming that the editor would only write this to someone whose work they really did throughout enjoy and it's not just some off-hand comment in hope I will not hold any malice toward the editor? I mean, they don't write that kind of stuff to every submission they get, no matter how bad it is, right?
I never do hold malice, but this is the first rejection I've ever gotten from a magazine that had a hand written note of encouragement on it. I am just excited and want to know if I feel encouraged for the right reason.
If it's true that the X-Review editor really did like my work, those two sentences of have made my year.
Editors and Agents do not encourage bad writers to submit anything especially "more". Ever. You may take this exactly the way you hope: encouragement. Good job.