If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the sheer agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher.
Last week, I received my first rejection letter.
There is a lot we can learn from our mistakes. Just because a publisher has rejected my manuscript it doesn’t mean my writing career is over – it is the beginning.
It means I am doing my job as a writer; writing and submitting.
My rejection letter was nice. “While I have enjoyed your manuscript sample, unfortunately, it isn’t quite right for our publishing firm. Of course, this is just one opinion and we hope it doesn’t discourage you from submitting elsewhere.”
It hasn’t discouraged me, it has motivated me to cross the bridge of rejection.
Most authors–even wildly successful authors–have also received their share of rejection missives. Everyone has heard the stories of the rejection letters Stephen King and J. K. Rowling received. The didn’t give up and neither should emerging writers.
The key is believing in yourself and the story you are telling. You will NEVER please everybody. There will always be those who don’t understand or simply don’t like your book or books. That’s life. But it is critical that you DO NOT stop believing in what you are writing.
When was your last rejection letter? and how did you feel recieiving it?
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