Tag Archives | Rejection

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 […]


Rejection Is Coming

(Sorry, Game of Thrones is on my mind. I miss it so.) Rejections suck. Let’s just get that out of the way first, because there’s no other way of putting it and no amount of sugar-coating that will ease the pain of those little white envelopes (or, in this day and age, little formatted emails). I have no idea how many mugs of hot chocolate I’ve bawled into over the years while I accumulated stacks […]


It’s Not You, It’s Me

I will admit that lately I’ve been struggling with something: rejections. And I don’t mean mine; I mean yours. Of course, I don’t mean yours in particular; I mean yours in general. I think a lot of writers like to imagine agents and editors sitting in their ivory towers denying or rejecting prospective projects with fiendish glee. If only it were so. If I could reject with fiendish glee, I would, it would make my job so much […]


Guest Post: The Realities of Publishing (And What Rejection Has Taught Me)

We’ve all heard the stories. There’s the girl who sends out her first batch of queries, only to get an immediate deluge of full requests and wake up the next morning with eight offers of representation waiting in her inbox. Or the debut author who goes on submission, only to find himself fending off several six-figure, multi-book, preempt offers the following week. Well, here’s Reality Check #1: That’s not going to be you. (Ok, I […]