Last week I got my first really personalized rejection letter. It was wonderful! To actually have some real feedback on my work from an industry professional is priceless! Of course, none of it was stuff I wanted to hear, necessarily, but you have to count all victories in this process.
How do you react to feedback? At first, I was very defensive. I would think, "well they just aren't reading it right" or "they obviously don't get it." Slowly I realized, if my beta readers aren't getting it...what makes me think the rest of the world will? It is so difficult to take constructive criticism when you are starting out. I've gotten much better about it as my journey has continued.
Now, I crave feedback. Even if it is stuff I don't want to hear. Because I want to get better. I want to learn how to communicate effectively with my readers both young and old. I want to write something that an illustrator will love to get their hands on and a publisher can't wait to publish. I want to spark imagination! And I can't do that unless I learn. So bring it on, personal rejection!!