We writers receive rejection letters for many different reasons. However, when the “Accepted” letter arrives, it is a happy day.

As writers, we long to hear or see that word. Our writing has been accepted – by an editor who wants to read it, a publisher who wants to publish it, or a reader who wants to read it. Too often, though, we hear the opposite along this path to publication. “Rejected” is not used so often these days when our tender feelings are considered. Sometimes, we’re just “passed,” which sounds a lot like death. Or our subject is “not what they’re looking for,” or “doesn’t meet their editorial needs,” or they “already published something similar.”

The myriad forms of rejection include “the writing is not strong enough,” “I didn’t identify with the main character,” or “the story didn’t pull me into it.” On another hand, writers can be rejected just because they are new and publishers are afraid to take a chance on them. It seems there are a thousand ways to be rejected. New writers are counseled to expect rejection as part of the process of writing – as normal, or as a badge of honor. I’m still trying to believe the phrase “the more you’re rejected, the closer you are to publication.” Is that a mathematical formula? Learn more.

Kelly

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