If you’re a writer, you might as well face it – You’re going to get a rejection letter sometime in your writing career. Would you give up on writing if you received one? Better not.
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Rejections! Have you ever had a rejection from a publisher? If you have, you know you take it personally. Maybe you cry, stomp your feet, toss the manuscript in a drawer, or swear you’ll never open your word processer again! All of these feelings and thoughts are a normal process for a writer. We write, therefore we want to get published. Publishing companies don’t do it to us on purpose. After all, they can’t possibly publish every single manuscript they receive. I consider myself lucky if a publisher asks for even a part of my manuscript after reviewing my query and synopsis.
We have to start out with a query letter. This in itself can be harder to write then our whole manuscript. This is our beginning. Don’t be messy on your query! Once a publisher, or agent, asks for your manuscript, go ahead and jump for joy, shout from the top floor of your apartment, stand on your street corner and hold a sign that says you sent your manuscript in! But, before you do this, slip into your thick skin. More than likely you will need it. If you’re lucky enough to be accepted, then have a party like you’ve never had before, because your life will be changed forever.
If you’re one of the normal ones, you’ll get a rejection. Rejections come in different shapes and sizes. Most are just form letters, if they take the time to do that much. I’ve had rejections come in as little as two words-”I’LL PASS” to a two page word by word description of suggestions to make it better. With the two pages of suggestions were the words, “Revise and send back.” My heart skipped to the moon over that one. Did I revise? Did I re-send it? You bet I did. To give you an idea of how the publishing world works I have to say that yes, I did all the revisions that was suggested to me, and I sent it in. They had my manuscript for TWO YEARS! By time someone actually read it, with revisions… the editor who gave the suggestions, had moved on. I asked for it back. This is how it works. Editors move on. Rejections come, and rejections go. You cry. You laugh. The one thing you will want to do is NEVER give up on yourself, or your writing. If you keep getting rejected over and over, it might be time to do a big revision. Do it! Keep pushing, keep polishing, and keep submitting. Keep at IT! Don’t give up! You will soon learn that rejections are a part of a writer’s life. Like it or not-this is how it is. But, when, and I say WHEN not IF, you get accepted-it will be the most fun, proud thing you’ve ever done! Honest!
Whatever you do… DON’T give up!
Mary J. Dressel is the author of the Enchantment Series Books, Visions of Enchantment and Enchantment’s Embrace.
Visit her Official Website at Mary J. Dressel Books.
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