We have a rating system for rejections, 1-10. The scenario for a 1 rating is basically a letter served by an official that contains an order to cease and desist and peppered with personal insults. Yeah, pretty bad. I don’t know anyone who has received a 1… Yet. A 10 can be considered an almost win, like getting second place or something, complimentary tones and advice from the elusive agent with an invitation to resubmit…. Kind of a holy grail of rejections, alas still a rejection. We are currently scoring about a 6.
If you are struggling with those final (ha!) edits, try a dose of Donald Maass. You will scurry back to that drawing table. 21st century fiction is a good start.