I haven’t done a random rejection in a while, so here’s one from 1998 from the Design Image Group. DIG was active in book publishing in the mid-to-late 1990s and I tried a number of times to get something going with them, coming closest with “The Exclusive”, a vampire story that I originally posted here back in 2007. I did eventually get it published in a webzine (I was an early webzine contributor), where it won a reader’s choice award for the issue. But still, it would have been nice to see it in DIG’s anthology, which was released in December 1998 as Kiss of Death.
So one of the things you hear when you are submitting fiction, especially long-form fiction, is that lengthy response times are good. It means that the publisher is seriously considering your manuscript, that it has probably passed from the slush pile through the first readers and is perhaps, even right now as we speak, sitting on an editor’s desk awaiting the final stamp of approval before it is accepted.
Or it could just mean that your rejection letter was lost in the mail.