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Sunday, March 2, 2014

5 Things You Can Do About Publisher Rejection Letters


Those of course are not the words you see when you read a rejection letter from your NOW least favorite publisher. But those are the words you feel. 

Don't use that last sentence above. It is copyrighted for my blues song 'My Woman Is My Writing And She Left Me Along With My Muse.'

Sigh... I am happy to be back writing again. 

'Wait, you were gone?' You ask. 

Now let me ask you, "where is the middle finger button on the keyboard?"

So! What do you feel after reading you've been rejected by those you admire? Do you need me to change the last word? Is admire too strong?

Well, I certainly admire a lot of publishers out there for turning out books and magazines year after year that keep me excited about writing.

Now don't lie and say you have grown numb to when a publisher tells you no, because rejection hurts every time. It can cause some writers to give up on traditional publishing and turn to self publishing. 

But for those of you that are self publishers, you know that rejection still comes with the territory. Only that it is no longer an editorial staff that can tell you that you are not good enough, it can be your readers. 

Of course, readers can reject you all the same in traditional publishing too. However, you know that if they reject you as a self publisher you are the only one to blame. 

The important thing is to keep moving along. Just like any other time you are told no in life. Look at the reasons why, because there is always more than one.

If you notice a pattern then you need to look for a solution. Don't just always assume that it is them and not you. And remember, rejection is a part of life for those who try. 

Eventually, through enough hard work, practice, more hard work and patience, we all get to a level where rejection happens less. BUT! It will still happen. 

So to keep you sane in a field that constantly drives many to drink here is a list of the top five bars in the world. 

No... that's another blog post. 

Here are the top five things you can do about rejection letters:

1) Meditate 

Do you feel the tension leaving you with each deep breath? I for one feel a tingling sensation from my butt falling asleep.

While it takes practice for your body to get used to sitting still for long periods of time. It is worth the effort since meditation is proven to lower stress levels. Also, it trains your mind and body to sit for long periods at a time.

How does that translate to you as a writer? Hmmm... I guess it wouldn't if you write while moving.

Start with ten minutes sessions, one in the morning and one before you go to bed. Then increase them every two weeks until you become Rip Van Winkle. 

2) Become A Hoarder

You have many options too! Cats, newspapers, rejection letters...

I keep rejection letters in a scrap book and call it 'The Book of Tears.'

I use it to look for patterns. To see if maybe it is me and not them. I could also use it for kindling, trust me I really want to, but that defeats the purpose of making the damn thing in the first place.

I could be more efficient and scan the letters into my hard drive, combine the rejection emails with them under a file and save them on cloud so I can always have access to them no matter where I go.

But, no thank you.

3) Blow Off Steam With Friends

Take a break with friends and make sure you have fun.

Forget about writing all together and enjoy life with the people that support you and your dreams. Don't just use your friends for your literary critiques.

Be like the guy above and use them for pranks instead.

4) Read Biographies Of Famous Writers

When you do you will find that most writers didn't have the glamorous life you thought they had. You will find that most writers had to struggle to find success.

Some writers were homeless at one time or another in their life.

The point is not to scare you away from writing, but to remind you that turning your dreams into reality is not easy.

Through looking at the struggle other writers have gone through, it reminds you to keep fighting for your success.

5) Experiment With Your Writing

This isn't about giving up.

This is about expanding your skills as a writer.

Even though I love science fiction and fantasy, that doesn't stop me from writing other genres. In fact, when I write in other genres I can bring more to my science fiction and fantasy books.

Science fiction doesn't have to all be about lasers and robots. It can have romance and mystery as well.

Sure, you may discover another genre and find more success as a writer in it and there is nothing wrong with that. You aren't abandoning anything. You are still writing.

And since you are still writing you may come back to the genre you began your career in as an even better writer. Because you can make a story have more that the typical archetypes found in its genre.

You can now portray a story in multiple dimensions because you can perform the art outside the boundaries that define a specific genre.

Wouldn't that be nice?


  1. I always look at great authors who were rejected time and time again before someone took a risk on them, and then their book became something big.

  2. Rejection can be tough but we can learn a lot! Best cure is to let off steam and write it out in your personal notes.