Like any writer who's been at it for a while, I've gotten my fair share of rejections (and, apparently, the fair share of rejections for seventeen other writers, too). But I also keep a file on my harddrive of comments from editors and readers that I call "Feel Better Now?" For me, these trump any rejection letter.
"...a dazzling original piece, just the kind of thing I'm looking to put out."
- Gary Fry, editor, Fusing Horizons
"I loved your story. Seldom read them, had to do that here for some reason. Loved it."
- Babs Lakey, publisher, Futures Mysterious Anthology
"Ed, You rock. I loved this piece. I want to put it in November... ""
- Jackie Druga-Marchetti, publisher & editor, Writer’s Post Journal
"Here's a story with real heart."
- Gary Lovisi, editor, Hardboiled magazine
"Lately I've started to read a lot of stories and found myself getting stuck around the second or third paragraph, then checking the end to see how much I have left. With The River is Forever, I found myself fearing that I would glance at the end by mistake and spoil it."
- Sean Dent, Senior Continuity Editor, NFG
"It certainly isn’t your typical SF or Fantasy story, it has many of the qualities of literary fiction, rocket-packs notwithstanding."
- Allen Wold, author of nine published novels
"In some ways I’m reminded of the old Alfred Hitchcock TV show, in that your stories require a little thinking to appreciate. I thought the ending was perfect for the character and his situation."
- Allen Wold
"The end of this actually sped up my heart rate a little bit, but I'm a sucker for old-time Bradbury style yarns."
- Thomas Bauer
"The kind of read that had I come across it in a bookstore I would look for your name again. I hope you have 14 more of these so that I can."
– Carol F. Clark
"What a perfect little gem of a story. ...stories like this are the reason I read."
- Cecile Duccio
"It always amazes me how you find that tweak or twitch of word or nuance that just NAILS the secondary meaning."
- Linda Donovan, Exec. Director, To Write Well
"Your character, Simon, is wonderfully human -- strong and frail, full of hope and dust in his mouth."
- Linda Donovan
"...you have a talent for slipping details in little by little so that the entire story evolves as a reader reads. Not only does it make the reading pleasurable, but as a writer I can see the skill inherent in that."
- Thea Atkinson
"(This story) is gorgeous in so many ways - fantastic writing, memorable characters, a plot that is somehow complex and simple at the same time (how on earth did you do that?)"
- Ann Walters
"You're a natural storyteller, Ed. And have proved that there can be horror even in the insignificant..."
- Eric Stark
"...the majority are travelling in Tourist Class. It seems to me that you and your writing are already firmly established in First Class."
- Russell Bittner
"Ed, once again you have created a story with great writing and a unique concept (I dare anyone to ever give you a low score on originality!)."
– Kim Lewis
"I had to read "Nothing Interesting" (I owed it to myself to be entertained again) and am glad I did. Once again, you did not disappoint."
- Kim Lewis
"One thing I've noticed with some of the stories I've read; the authors seem to get wrapped up in the 'literary' aspects of their writing and forget to tell a story. You, however, are a storyteller!"
- Shirley Damsgaard
"Mr. Schubert, this is obscenely good ... "
- Brian James Vander Kamp
"I wish more people wrote with some freaking guts the way you do."
- Van Allen