Yes, that sort of response is not terribly helpful. But at least you got a reason, quite often you won't even get that. I think that perhaps you should put that short piece here on the site and ask for some constructive criticism. All I can say is that writing takes practice. Sometimes you get lucky and someone likes it enough to want to publish it.The main reason for my posting this question was, recently I entered a short story writing contest where they stated that all themes and genres were open. Long story short, I didn't make it top 10. And I'm not saying this in defense or because I think my submitted work was splendid or anything of the sort, but the feedback I receive from the judges were just, "We don't really understand the piece.". Which was, you know, after paying for the entry fees and everything, was pretty frustrating to say the least. But I understand that its obviously going to be a long road and I'm sure to face a lot of negativity in the future. So thanks, guys, your comments encourage me a lot.
And, I know I'm probably going to have to work and save some money before I could afford one but, how does one go about finding an editor?
Also, with all due respect, saying The Lord of the Rings is romance just because it had one is almost an insult, I think. Lol.
As for finding an editor, have a read through those threads on the Publishing section of this site. Yes, a good editor costs money, but if you get picked up by a publisher they'll do the paying.
As for the Lord of the Rings not being romance I would, with all due respect, suggest reading up about story structure, story beats and genre conventions. Now that I know a bit more about structure and beats I understand why she made that point.