Tag Archives | Rejection

Why Rejection on a First Book Can Be a Blessing

Okay, I get it. Writing is hard. And not only is it hard, it’s time-consuming, sometimes all-consuming. You fall in love with your characters, your world, your stakes. You love your work. You believe in your work. So as a querying writer or an agented writer going on submission for the first time, you want more than anything for an agent or editor to see all the things that you love about your work and […]


Moving Beyond Rejection and Into the New Year!

Rejection. We’ve all been there, starting with the threesome of friends that decided to become a twosome without you, or the unrequited love you slathered on that skinny basketball player in sixth grade. Writing is not for the faint of heart. It often feels like the bad days outnumber the good, that the days of utter dejection and rejection will stop the ship from sailing all together. Many days, I feel like the luckiest person […]


A Love Letter to my Rejections

This is something a lot of you know about me already, but I have a lot of rejections. Need proof? Look down. Yes, it looks like a ream of paper, but I swear to commas: those are my rejections. From agents. It’s a lot. It looks overwhelming. It looks like I should have just quit. But here’s the thing: I’m grateful for every one of these rejections, because they were right: I wasn’t ready. Not writing wise, […]


The Request to Revise and Resubmit

Revision is an integral part of the writing process. Consider this quote from a recent special edition of Time magazine entitled The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly failed, miserably, at its debut on Feb. 17, 1904, only to be hailed as a triumph on May 28, 1904, after the Italian composer gave it a major overhaul and staged a new version. Puccini finally stopped tinkering with the piece […]


Letting go of stories

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You have a novel that you’ve been working on for months. Maybe years. You give it to critique partners. You revise it. With the help of a few friends, you write the perfect query letter and begin that exciting but terrifying adventure of sending out the manuscript, getting your first rejections or requests. But ultimately, they’re all rejections. Or what about this: An agent loves your book and takes […]