So you’ve started submitting queries to agents and/or publishers – congratulations! You’re ready for the next step. Unfortunately, I know what comes next . . . that’s right, the dreaded “R” word. Rejections.
Okay, you were probably expecting a few rejections, in fact, maybe you feel like a “real” writer now that you have a few official rejections under your belt. No big deal, everyone knows all of the world’s most famous and successful authors received loads of rejections too.
Wait a minute, now you’ve received more than just a small handful of rejections and not one little nibble of interest. The rejection letters are piling up and it’s starting to hurt. Your dream of getting your book published is going down the toilet. Now what?
I’m afraid there’s no magic answer – rejection is a part of life, not just in trying to get a book published. There are some things I’ve learned to help deal with the feelings of disappointment though, so I thought I’d share them with you.
- Know that you are definitely not alone. You can talk to any writer who’s ever submitted anything because they’ll understand exactly what you’re going through.
- The proof you’re not alone: there are a ton of other articles and blog posts out there dealing with the issue of rejection because it IS such a common thing. Here are three posts I read and appreciated:
Best of luck to all you writers out there. Try to stay positive and continue following your dreams!