Rejection. No one likes it. But dislike isn’t the same as fear. Let an author school you in how to say “No Fear” to rejection.
The road to a published book is paved with rejection letters.
Nowadays, make those rejection emails.
“I enjoyed reading your story…but the team has decided not to move forward with your novel.”
“We appreciate the chance to read your work, but unfortunately, the work is not a fit for our list at the moment.”
“Best of luck finding the right publisher for this work.”
“We’re going to pass, but we wish you the best of luck on your publishing journey.”
These are all taken from rejection letters I have received within the past ten months. There are more, but after reading one, they all ring with the same tone.
In the early days, I cried whenever I read a rejection. Maybe I stuffed myself with dark chocolate. Or perhaps curling in the fetal position with the covers over my head soothed my battered heart.
What I didn’t do was stop writing.
Not since deciding to “do this writing thing” for real.
I’ll admit that the beginning of this year, I was battered by all the rejection. It seemed like every open door slammed in my face.
Maybe I should stick with writing short stories and novellas. Perhaps I didn’t have the skill to craft a novel that would engage readers from the first line to the last.
Doubt wormed it’s way into every writing session.
Why am I even doing this?
And that was the right question.
Be dauntless, my friend. When the doubts seep in after rejection pulverizes you, seek your personal motivation.
Why do I write?
Because I can’t stop writing. I was born to do it. I’ve been making up stories since I learned to read and write.
“You don’t have to publish everything you write,” a published author friend of mine told me. “Some stories are lessons.”
True, but do the published authors of the world still need those lessons? Can they spend months on a project and then throw it aside?
I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to write only those stories which will find a home in readers’ hearts.
So post them on your blog.
I rejected the inner voice without a second thought.
Maybe I should have listened. All those months hammering out the GATES OF ASTRYA series only to have four manuscripts hanging out on my hard drive. More months creating a rocky world of dragons, and DRAGONS AWAKENING isn’t fit to circulate in the world of readers, if rejection letters are any indicator.
Be dauntless. Why did I ever choose that word?
Because fear wants to defeat me. It hopes to silence the storyteller, keep the truths my characters discover from shining into the world.
Sorry, Fear. As this quote says, writers persist. Rejection makes us stronger.
In the spirit of sharing emails from publishers. Here’s one I got recently from my friends at Roane Publishing.
“Thanks for sending along the 2nd installment in your series so quickly. Roane Publishing would be pleased to offer a contract to publish it. Congratulations!”
Who wouldn’t prefer this sort of email about their creative endeavors?
If I had given up on this “whole writing thing” when I read the first hundred rejection letters, I wouldn’t have ever made it to the point where I would here the golden words “we want to offer you a contract.”
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2 thoughts on “Say “No Fear” to Rejection”
Keep going. Keep asking yourself the why.
As long as you need to write, and the words keep coming- you keep writing.
It’s coming to the point that what I write might not be meant to be seen by others, sold to a publisher, and I’m struggling to accept/understand at WHAT point that is the case.
But I will keep writing. It’s what I do.