This page is dedicated to writers who are striving for publication.
"Rejections are often gifts of direction."
Photo by Martha Ramirez
Who'd of thought a nine letter word could sting so bad. We've all been there. Heard it all before:
"Thank you for your query, but I don't think I am the right agent for your work at this time."
"I am afraid your project is not the right fit for us."
"This one is not for me."
It happens to the best of us. Every now and then a kind soul will give feedback on why they chose to reject your submission. Very rare, but it does happen. Embrace their words. Listen to what they have to say with an open heart. Agents and editors simply don't have the time to give detailed responses to every query that comes in. So if you are fortunate enough to receive that detailed personalized rejection--treat it like GOLD!
Jack London was rejected 600 times! Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times.
Gone With The Wind was rejected by 38 publishers before it was printed.
Francine Rivers' first novel was rejected 13 times before the agent found a publisher.
Stephen King posted his early rejection slips on a nail on his wall. He later used a spike to support the weight. He received 30 rejections for his story of a tormented girl with telekinetic powers.
John Gisham got rejected from 16 agencies and more than 30 publishers before he got his first book published.
We're all in good company. Keep writing and keep your chin up. Whatever is meant to be will be.
Links to guidance
A full writers' resource website with a MUST SEE inspirational video!
Reasons for rejection Carina Press
"If you've never failed, you've never lived."
QUOTES FOR INSPIRATION
"A writer who never gives up is called Published."
"The river may run wide, but it can always be crossed."
"Getting published isn't a selection process, it's a survival process!"
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
"Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours."
--Ralph Walde Emerson
"Dreams do come true, I promise this to you.
Faith is all you need and to believe is all you do."
"Each rejection brings me closer to publication!" --Writer's Relief