And this is exactly why GGP has two classes of pay. Placing pay rate in the hands of writers discourages submissions that were dashed off and unedited. Or old, unedited submissions, or any combination thereof.
Because, if I like what you sent but it needs cleaning up, you might get a letter from me asking for edits and an offer of 1/4 per word.
Don't get offended by the edits.
Don't get offended by the lower pay rate.
And don't try to impress me with the quality and/or quantity of your publishing credits.
I can only judge what you send me, not what you send to others. Be grateful that I didn't send you a form rejection. Be grateful for the second chance. Be extra grateful that I refuse to publish it as-is. (Because, at the end of the day, that's your name on the story. While industry professionals might blame GGP for poor editing and revision, readers do not. They blame you.)
I love second chances. That's why I don't send as many form letters as I should. That's also why, the slush pile can take a little longer.
Last but not least. For those of you who have sent me your best work.I've noticed the increase in cleaner prose and I regret every rejection. I can't publish your work if it's not right for the book. But there is one thing I can do. I can take notice of who has sent in a polished, clean, well written draft. I see your effort and care, and because of that, your chances next time around go up. Finally, if I notice, you can bet your bottom dollar other publications notice and appreciate you too.