I submitted my story Snail Joy to Candlewick Press recently, aaaand I was rejected. BUT I received a very nice handwritten note from Art Resources Coordinator, Anne Moore, in which she calls it a “sweetly written story” and suggests another publisher with a focus on nature publishing for children. I certainly will check it out.
I’ve submitted six or seven times over the last five years- mainly my book “where do pumpkins come from” and now recently my snail story. I have found personalized feedback to be rare, or non-existent to be more precise. So this is encouraging!
Me and my note.