I submitted a story to an anthology about 4 years ago. It wasn't picked, but it was good enough that the editor said it would be held for consideration pending the second volume of the anthology. So that was cool, the second volume was going to happen, and I had a shot at it. Then I didn't hear from her. For a Looooooooong time. I asked if the second volume was still happening, she sent out an email saying she was a busy author/editor, maybe it would, maybe it wouldn't, we were all free to sub our stories elsewhere. But if we didn't, we had a good shot at making it into the second volume. Okay, no problem. I'm a patient guy, a good shot sounded pretty good to me. So I waited some more, and some more. Followed her blog, saw the second volume mentioned every once in a while. Then nothing for a long time.
Yesterday, I saw the second volume was actually published. I never got a rejection, a polite kiss off, nothing. That is not cool. At least have the decency to communicate with the people who submit their stories to you, especially after such a long wait. Seeing that anthology was like a slap in the face after hearing nothing literally for years. I can take rejection, I get them all the time. The editor should have had the courtesy to send me one. Am I a little steamed my story didn't make the cut? You bet, but that's natural, normal. I've already submitted it elsewhere. But the way this went down cuts a little deeper. Maybe a lack of regard? Something. It's just not cool.