Put Yourself Out There: Why Setting a Rejection Count is Good
Ah, the rejection letter. Possibly the worst part about being an author, also the worst part of dating, and job applications, and applying for loans, and basically everything else in life. No one likes rejection. It’s bad enough when we get rejected because our credit score or GPA isn’t good enough. But when we get a rejection letter because our work isn’t good enough after we shed blood, sweat, and tears over it… Oh that hurts to the core. And maybe even makes us question if we’re really good enough to do this job.
But that pain is only one tiny piece of the issue. Like growing pains. Let’s look at the other side.
even my photoshop masterpieces end up rejected
What’s the other side of being rejected you might ask? Well that answer is easy. You weren’t rejected. Your manuscript was. And there are more reasons for a publisher to reject a manuscript than there is for them to publish one. Accepting a manuscript is a risk, rejecting one is easy. So getting rejected really isn’t all that surprising. But it can do you a lot of good. Read the rejection letter and learn from any notes they sent you. If you got a rejection letter without a reason listed, it would behoove you to check to make sure that you submitted that manuscript script properly. One of the main reasons manuscripts get rejected is simply because the submission wasn’t done properly. Double check that.
The other upside of rejection letters is you get to join the ranks of the famous, the classic, and Twitter’s favorite badass J.K. Rowling. But you know what every one of those authors on those websites have in common other than the stacks of rejection letters they got?
the bad photoshops will continue until morale improves!
They did not stop. I’m sure that most of them didn’t enjoy getting rejection letters, unless they had bird cages they needed to line with clean paper. Each of them build their success on a stack of rejection letters. Because the one thing a rejection letter does say about you, as an author and a person, is that you tried. Writing your manuscript is the easiest part of being an author, because it comes so naturally to us. The hardest part, no matter who you are or what your job is, is standing up in the face of rejection and still trying, still working, and still putting yourself out there.
When you get a rejection letter, take it for what it really easy. Another chapter in your story. And keep on writing and working. Best sellers launch from a stack of rejections.
Share your favorite or funniest rejection in the comments below, whether it’s your own or from a famous author.
Rebekah Jonesy is a full time writer and author. She has been writing for most of her life but only started publishing fantasy and romance in 2014. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse.