Coping with rejection

Coping with rejection


Business woman crying head in handsWriters submit manuscripts and get knock backs. It’s a fact of life that even multi-published authors have to deal with. Unless you’re Stephen King or JK Rowling (which I’m not) there’s a chance that your latest offering won’t be adored by the first publisher who looks at it. Intellectually I know that. But the heart and the head don’t always agree. When I started off in this business twenty years ago, rejection felt like this to me:

What? My precious baby isn’t what you’re looking for? How could you say that? I slaved over that manuscript. I poured my life-blood into it. I just offered you my heart on a platter and you stabbed it. Several times. Soon to be followed by: Does this mean I’m a crap writer? Maybe I should just stop kidding myself. Publishers know what they’re talking about. I’m just a woman sitting in her pajamas…

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Hearing The Dreaded No

Rejection letters via askwriterchick



All writers face it at some point, it is part of the trade. With so many writers out there no is a more common answer than yes.

It comes in many forms, and sometimes it never officially comes at all. Bigger publishers these days simply feel as if they do not have the time to officially reject everything that comes in. Which is a valid point for them to be making considering how many people want “The Big Six” to publish their books.

Sometimes, it’s a magazine rejecting your story pitch, or an anthology declining your proposal.

And most people say that you take rejection and you put it in a desk drawer (hypothetical or literally – I’ve heard it both ways) and then move on.

To an extent, I agree. But I’m going to add to that.

It is okay to feel sorry for yourself. Give yourself a…

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