June 1

Facing Rejection


Rejection is a tricky business because as a writer you get so much of it. Most days you’re overwhelmed with it 10 to one. Often, when you write a story or submit a book, you’re hopeful but nervous. Something I’ve learned about rejection is that, in order to stay afloat in this maze we call publishing, it’s important to remember, No doesn’t mean No. In terms of rejection, No means try harder next time. No, means look to tomorrow. No, means not right now.

The key thing is to remember that there are a million reasons why you didn’t get it. And they range from something as simple as, we’ve recently published something that sounds just like this all the way to, he spilled gravy all over his pink tie while reading your manuscript and preceded to huff and puff like the big bad wolf. And sometimes the story you’re telling isn’t the right fit.

Submitting books is a gamble, but you’re betting on yourself so one of these days you’ll hit the jackpot. The important thing is to remember… Rejection is 99% of success!


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