Most writers have experienced a plummeting feeling with the rejection of their work. The inclination to stop submitting to agents and publishers is overwhelming because no one wants negative feedback on a manuscript they’ve labored over. Well, snap out of it! Man up and dust yourself off!
Your dedication toward writing keeps you up at night toiling over your book. Of course, the love-of-the-craft is why you do it; that and the gratification of having others enjoy your stories, right? Then, why not perfect your skills? Proofread it until your eyes crisscross and then proofread it again. Visualize the characters and scenes in your head. Hear their voices and how they interact with one another.
While pursuing your literary dreams, know that there is an impending “yes” in your future. Keep in mind, all rejection notices are not created equal. If you’re lucky to receive a personalized notice, take heed to the advice given. It means you are getting close.
Although receiving rejection letters can be an objectionable and often daunting experience, try looking at it from a professional standpoint. It is all part of the process. Publishers and agents have a specific goal and if your work doesn’t line up with their agenda, continue your search for a more advantageous, business relationship. In the meantime, don’t stress. You’ll get there with hard work and perseverance.
How do you handle rejection notices?