One story. Two editors. Two rejections.
Over the course of the last five days, I've had the same story rejected by two different magazines.
One editor said it starts too slow, it needs more action at the beginning.
The other editor said, there's not enough backstory and explanation at the beginning to hold my attention.
Same story. Two contradictory opinions. So which should I take away from this? How do I improve the story?
Honestly, I don't know, so I've sent it off for a tenth opinion.