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Highlighting Rejection Day 5: YOU

Can we all just be honest and authentic for a couple of minutes?

I am encouraging ALL of you to be willing to be vulnerable in the comment section.

Anyone who is serious about writing has most likely received some sort of rejection in their lives. Maybe it was not an official rejection letter, maybe it was some peer review (from family or friends) that did not go as you expected.

Writing is hard, and rejection/criticism makes it harder. But I think the thing that is so detrimental about rejection is when we think that we are alone in our rejection. We think, “This is a personal reflection on ME.”

I am hoping to combat this idea and the isolation that can be a result of rejection by encouraging you to comment below your own experiences with rejection. As a writing community, let us come together to share our own struggles.

So, if you are up for it, in the comment section please answer:

Have you ever experienced rejection for your writing? If so, was the rejection kind or harsh? And more importantly, how did you respond/handle the rejection? What advice would you give to someone who just received their 1st, 2nd, 3rd rejection letter?


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9 thoughts on “Highlighting Rejection Day 5: YOU”

  1. I received my first rejection letter in January 2020. The rejection was neither kind nor harsh. It was bland generic with nothing I could take from it to improve my craft. I took it with a grain of salt, since all authors get them. Its a rite of passage so I’m posting mine in November, along with the short story that was rejected. My advice to an author that continues to receive rejection letters is to examine who you are sending your manuscript to. It could be the publisher isn’t looking for the genre you wrote. A Fantasy YA publisher may not want your Romance novel. Focus on polishing up the submitting process, not the rejected work.

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    1. Darnell, I love your perspective on this! Publishers receive SO many submissions a day that the odds are, while every book can use improvement, your book is not the problem, but rather there is a connection problem between the book and the publishing company.


  2. I’ve been rejected, and it is painful for a while at first. But the advice I would give is to never give up on your dreams, and if feedback has been given, to consider it–if it helps make your work better, go for it, but if it doesn’t fit with your vision, keep your vision but always be open to the possibility of changes.

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  3. As a former teacher, rejection became commonplace as a way to eventually succeed with a better position. With every rejection, I followed up with a personal job contact somewhere else to make up for that loss. Take a look at your resume as well. Shorten it up.

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