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I’m noticing quite a bit of posts about rejection popping up in the forum.

So I thought I would add some input from my experience with the process and how I look at it and how others should too!

I recently created a template called Smith and Anderson so with this submission and creation process all still fresh in mind here is my words of “wisdom”

Let’s start off with I think the reviewers get a “bad wrap” from most people they “reject” but to be honest they have to keep a standard and they are not going to tell you your template or theme sucks, in fact they encourage you to do better. I really do feel that the couple of rejections I got drove me to make my template all it could be, and overall just a better product that I am proud to give to consumers.

Rejection might be too harsh a word in fact, and could be quite overwhelming. I still get this empty feeling in my stomach when I see the dreaded rejected email in my inbox. However I realized that it really isn’t rejection as much as it was motivation and useful crit.

At first I chose to believe my template is perfect, what is wrong with the reviewers eyes. :P Then I read through it again and even looked up some of the other themes to see what they were doing. I adjusted padding and line heights and fixed many bugs I didn’t pick up the first time…

I made the changes and submitted again, and low and behold my html didn’t validate anymore after the changes and I forgot to check it! (complete n00b mistake) I own it though and learned from it.

I ended up getting a soft rejection which was great cause really all I had to do was tweak and fix 4 things (all clearly specified in the mail) and then my template got accepted.

I started paying allot more attention to detail and I was insisting on having my white page hang over the “content” area. However it ended up looking like a bug in the code rather than something awesome. I ended up styling it to look way more amazing wrapping around the “content area”

For interest sake I added an image of the old vs the new of a page I thought showed allot of the subtle changes and attention to detail.

View it here

I hope this helps some understand the rejection process a little more, and get people to be more realistic to what is expected and also not take it up too badly when they do get “rejected”.