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Secrets Behind Handling Writer's Rejection


Undoubtedly, being able to take rejection in a contructive, optimistic way is a superpower. It's one that we all have, but many of us haven't tapped into it quite yet. Writing is much like running a marathon, and you don't often get positive, profitable results right off the bat. But if you are intent on pursuing your publishing ambitions, you need to master this superpower to make it in the long run. Don't let it discourage you! Handling rejection can be hard, which is why our editors have compiled a list of some of our articles to help you out!


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6a) Starting Out: What Rejections Mean To Your Writing Career


6b) How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors. Your responses may contain “hidden meanings” in what appears to be generic language. Learn how to decipher key phrases.


6c) Famous Author Rejection Letters: True Stories Of Unbelievable Rejections. Even successful authors paid their dues with harsh reactions. You’ll be surprised at what editors said to these beloved writers!


6d) Five Famous Literary Flops (And Why They’re Awesome). Some books that bombed in their early years went on to become regarded as brilliant and important stories! If you’re feeling misunderstood, this is the article for you.


6e) Five Ways To Get More Acceptance Letters From Literary Agents And Editors. Be sure you’re not making silly mistakes that are causing you to be rejected!


6f) How To Turn Acceptances Into Rejections In Six Easy Steps. Yes, you read that right. A humorous look at the best way to get your work rejected. Hint: You probably don’t want to do these things!


6g) 10 Tips To Turn Rejections Into Acceptances. And yes, you read this one right too! Here’s what NOT to do when you’re sending out your submissions.


6h) Rejection: A Badge Of Honor. Guest blogger Michael Young explains: Don’t just accept rejection, conquer it and move on.


6i) The Creative Writer’s Dilemma: Dealing With Rejection Letters


6j) Raising Your Expectations For Success: Thinking Positive In Publishing. Your mind-set matters—and it’s worthwhile to dedicate the same level of attention to your mental health as you give to your cover and query letters.


6k) How To Maintain A Positive Outlook For Your Submission Process. It’s okay to be glum sometimes, but here’s how to keep despair from becoming a career-stopper. These simple steps will help you create a better (writing) life!


6l) 100 Words of Encouragement For Writers. If you had 100 words to encourage a struggling writer, what would you say? Here are the words our readers wanted to share with writers who have lost hope.


6m) 10 Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use Them. When the rejection monster sneaks up on you, be ready to blast it to smithereens with these powerful phrases.


6n) Writers: How A Little Patience Goes A Long Way Toward Success. This article offers perspective on your professional timeline. Go easy on yourself! Success can take time.


6o) The Eight R’s Of Responding To Rejection. When you’re feeling down, remember these eight R’s!


6p) Examining the Resilience “R” of Responding to Rejection. Determination and resilience are key to getting to the finish line. Shore up your staying power with this great article! 


6q) Underdog Writers: How To Come Back In The Second Half And Win The Game. Just because you might not be the crowd favorite doesn’t mean you won’t go home with the title. Let us remind you why.


6r) Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career. Is it possible that your rejection letters are a sign of a deeper issues?


6s) True Story: Perseverance Pays Off. A story about one of our clients who overcame rejection to reach her goals.  


6t) The Different Types Of Rejection Letters And What They Mean For Writers. Rejection letters can be discouraging for writers. But sometimes, they can be just as encouraging as acceptances! Learn about the different types of rejection letters here.


6u) How Writers Recover From The Rejection Letter Blues. Here are the stages of recovery from the rejection letter blues, from denial to acceptance (and acceptance letters!).


Famous Author Quotes About Rejection From Agents And Editors

“I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.” —Anita Diamant

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” —James Lee Burke

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’” —Saul Bellow

“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours—so enjoy the view.” —Michael York

“I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long.” —Louise Brown

“Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.” —Jennifer Salaiz

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