Thursday, February 16, 2012

How I beat rejection

Almost a whole week has gone by and I haven't received any rejection letters. I'd like to think that since I cleaned up my query letter and adjusted my manuscript, significantly, that agents are taking a bit more time on my submission. This is a naive thought, I realize. It's my way of keeping a PMA (positive mental attitude).

I received quite a few rejections for my first two manuscripts. At first, every single time I got a form letter it would hit pretty low. Over time I have managed to find a way to brush it off. I use the rejection as a way to push myself to work harder. It's all you really can do. If I were to let every letter push me down then where would I be?

In a way, I guess I knew my first two were no good. I'm really glad I gave up on them and focused more on my newest ms. My writing is stronger and the characters are believable. The plot is definitely new and exciting to me. I can only hope that someone else will feel the same. After all, it only takes one person to say, "Yes!"

So to those experiencing the heartbreak of the dreaded form rejection, don't take it personally. Learn from it. That's the best thing you can do. The most important thing to remember is how much you love to write and never, ever stop doing what you love. Good luck to you!


  1. This is such a great post. Rejection on something that you have put so much into can be difficult to deal with. I am looking forward to reading your work when it gets published!


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