Rejections – as writers we all get them, but we don’t have to like them. I hated getting that first rejection letter. I thought my writing was good. I couldn’t understand why it was rejected. However, now I look back on my writing then and I can see why it was rejected.
So I re-write and submit again to other magazines. The result? Rejection.
Then at a recent writers’ conference I got some interesting information:
– Chicken Soup For The Soul was rejected 140 times before a publisher picked it up.
– C.S. Lewis had 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing.
If authors and publications like these received that many rejections what am I complaining about? I’ve only been at this writing business for a few years. I still have a lot to learn. I know my writing is improving, but I have a ways to go.
Right now I am concentrating on finding the right market for those earlier short stories which I have re-written several times. I also am writing my novel slowly, making sure it’s the best writing I can do.
I know I have many, many more rejections in my future. But, with each rejection, I learn. I don’t like getting those letters or e-mails saying they can’t use my story and I will never like them, however, I won’t let them discourage me. Instead, they will be a challenge. I am more determined than ever to write a story and find the right magazine. I am not giving up my dream of becoming a published author.
How do you handle rejections? We don’t all react the same. Will you share how you handled your first rejection?