- Put things in perspective: Okay, it's a huge disappointment, but you're still here. Look out the window. Did the sky fall? I'm pretty sure it's still there. Did the editor tell you to develop the conflict more? Did he/ she say that the plot is good, but the dialogue is boring? You might find some hints about where to start with your revisions. In any case, you can get a fresh start and overhaul the weak areas.
- Take a break: You've suffered a setback, but that's all. The best thing to do is take a short break from writing so you can regain your energy and zest for your work. Remember, if writing is your passion, rejection is part of the learning process. My dad used to say that no matter how long we rode horses, there was always more to learn. He also knew falling off was part of the deal. That's how you learn what to do to stay on the horse.
- It's not a personal insult: The editor only offered his/ her opinion. That's all it is. You know everyone has a right to his/her own view. But it doesn't mean the next person will feel the same. Don' t become discouraged and feel that you have no talent. Sometimes revising a few small things can bring a different result.
- You are capable of much more than you ever imagined: I firmly believe that each of us is capable of accomplishing much more than we believe we can. Think back on all you've done already. You may have overcome all sorts of obstacles and you've endured.
- Remember Dr. Suess: Did you know that Dr. Suess received dozens of rejection letters for The Cat in the Hat? It's true. He had to keep searching for the person who recognized his genius. He became world famous for his talents because he believed in his work and he persevered. You can do the same because perseverance is the key to success!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Rejection letter? Here's a Recovery Plan
Let's imagine you've worked on a story for ages. You've made sure the format is exactly what the editor requires. You've practically become cross-eyed looking for typos, misspelled words, and redundant words. You've checked the publisher's guidelines carefully. Finally, you slipped your manuscript into the mailbox, confident that you've presented your best work. Now you've been biting your nails for a couple of months waiting for a response. Today, the letter comes. You open it and you read the dreaded words, "We regret that we cannot accept your manuscript." Your heart sinks. I don't blame you one bit. We've all had that feeling and it's no fun. So what happens next?