EDITORS ARE IRRITABLE CREATURES. I have, more than once, had bitch sessions with other editors about contributors and their work. When I was starting out writing, this knowledge would have been my worst nightmare — the idea that someone, somewhere, was openly grousing about my work would’ve been almost too much to handle. Because writing is an inherently vulnerable activity — you’re exposing some part of yourself and offering it up for criticism from the outside world.
Editors have a different experience of writing, though — they get new submissions all the time, and have to make quick judgment calls as to whether they want to spend their time on a piece or not. Getting rejected sucks, but rejecting someone isn’t all that much fun either. And a lot of the time, the reason we’re rejecting someone would have been insanely easy to avoid on the writer’s part. The avoidable stuff is what drives us crazy. If you’re doing any of these things, please stop. We would much rather give your writing a fair shake.