Are Rejections making you feel a little ugly?

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                                                                                                Dealing With Rejection--The Bright Side of NO

This page is dedicated to writers who are striving for publication. 

"Rejections are often gifts of direction."

--Paul Young


 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:

"No thanks."

"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.


Don't quit!



Links to guidance

 The Write Attitude

A full writers' resource website with a MUST SEE inspirational video!



We Have to Believe by Rachelle Gardner

Rejecting Rejection by James Scott Bell

Rotten Rejections

Reasons for rejection Carina Press


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



Famous Failures

"If you've never failed, you've never lived."




Failing Better by Savannah J. Foley











"A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

 —Colin Powell



 "A writer who never gives up is called Published."

—J.A. Konrath



"When you reach the end of your rope,

tie a knot in it and hang on."


—Thomas Jefferson



"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."

—Jessamyn West


"The profession of book writing makes horse racing

seem like a solid, stable business."

—John Steinbeck




"The river may run wide, but it can always be crossed."
—African Proverb


"Getting published isn't a selection process, it's a survival process!"





"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"

—Eleanor Roosevelt




"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."

—Victor Hugo




"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."

#bepositiveSharon Johnson Mayhew




"Dreams do come true, I promise this to you.

 Faith is all you need and to believe is all you do."

—Martha Ramirez



"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.'"

 —Susan Hornbach




 "Each rejection brings me closer to publication!" 

—Writer's Relief




 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)