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!
We Have to Believe by Rachelle Gardner
Rejecting Rejection by James Scott Bell
Reasons for rejection Carina Press
Why Do Good Agents Turn Down Good Books? by John Ramsey Miller
Learning To Stand by Jane Lebak
Lessons From Rejection Letters by Suzanne Hartmann
Why Has My Manuscript Been Rejected?
A Writer’s Life: Insults and Rejections
Your Magic Number by Julie Lessman
One Novelist's Success Story by C.J. Darlington/Brandilyn Collins
Advice To First-Time Authors by Michael Hyatt
The Confusion of Rejection by literary agent Jessica Faust
How to Chase Away the Writer’s Blues by Christy Barritt
How one writer handled a painful rejection
The Positive Side of Rejection by The Bookshelf Muse
Does It Get Any Better by literary agent Jessica Faust
Tired of Rejections? By Joylene Nowell Butler
A Little Push For Rough Times by Tabitha Blake
"If you've never failed, you've never lived."
Failing Better by Savannah J. Foley
QUOTES FOR INSPIRATION
"A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
"A writer who never gives up is called Published."
"When you reach the end of your rope,
tie a knot in it and hang on."
"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
—General George S. Patton
"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary."
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing
seem like a solid, stable business."
"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
"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength,
the patience, and the passion to reach for
the stars to change the world."
— Harriet Tubman
"Looking for an agent is like being on a treasure hunt,
you just keep digging until you find the perfect gem."
#bepositive —Sharon Johnson Mayhew
"Dreams do come true, I promise this to you.
Faith is all you need and to believe is all you do."
"A teacher once told me, 'They should send out rejection bricks instead of papers.
That way, at the end of the year,
we could all build a house, and have something
to show for our efforts.'"
"Each rejection brings me closer to publication!"
From a fortune cookie: "If you're not rejected three times a week, you aren't really trying." —Karina Fabian
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)