Sunday, March 23, 2014

Reject the Rejection Letter - Why Your Story Was Not Accepted and How to Deal With It

I've finally finished my novella and it is now 90 pages long. In case you can't envision that (yes, I know, it's quite a large number!) here's a little representation of that:

Anyway, now is the time to submit, meaning the inevitable rejections will also be coming up soon enough. To be honest, I'm not really looking forward to that (who really is?), but I believe that all writers receive a rejection at one point or another. It's part of the job. It is important, however, to always fight through it and persevere in the quest. In case you're on the same boat and indeed do receive a rejection, keep the following points in mind:

Reasons you might be getting a rejection letter:

1. Your story isn't the right genre for the publisher you sent it to.
2. Your story isn't the right length for the publisher you are sending it to.
3. Your story isn't in accordance with the format requested by the publisher.
4. You format is not have the correct file extension.
5. Your format has not been properly edited and/or proofread.
6. The story has a weak plot.
7. The idea has been overdone.
8. The story is too conventional/uninteresting.
9. There is not enough action.
10. The story is too unoriginal.
11. The story is improbable (or, possibly, to predictable).
12. There have already been so many submissions, they can't take on any more pieces.

Always remember:

1. Rejection is not personal
It is a rejection of your manuscript, not of you as a person (or writer). Like author Ron Goulart said, "never assume that a rejection of your stuff is also a rejection of you as a person. Unless it's accompanied by a punch in the nose."

Here's just a little list of some of the famous authors that were repeatedly rejected: J.K. Rowling, William Golding, John Grisham, William Saroyan, Stephen King, John le Carré, Joseph Heller, William Faulkner, Zane Grey, Tony Hillerman, George Orwell, and many many more! Convinced yet? From one of his editors, Zane Gray was told that "I do not see anything in this to convince me you can write either narrative or fiction."

3. Rejection can show you the way.
Though oftentimes publishers are too busy, sometimes, just sometimes, rejections can be constructive, and some publishers indeed provide feedback. In this case, truly take their words into consideration and improve your work for the better.

4. Rejection is by no means the end.
Jack Canfield's Chicken Soup For The Soul was rejected 144 times before it became a bestseller. Where would he have been if he had quite after the 100th rejection? No more has to be said than this: Reject the rejection letter.

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