Rejection Letter for your Book?

03 Jul
Rejection Letter in Mail Box?

Rejection Letter in Mail Box?

For you, the poor author trying to deal with another rejection, remember what Frank Sinatra once said: “The best revenge is massive success.”

Famous writers who got many, many times rejections from publishers before they hit it big:

  • Stephen King
  • John Le Carre
  • Anne Frank
  • J.K. Rowling
  • George Orwell
  • William  Faulkner
  • John Grisham
  • Irving Stone
  • R. Kipling
  • Margaret Mitchel
  • Marcel Proust

Writers must develop a coping strategy (a thick skin) for dealing with book rejections. It is an inevitable consequence of submissions, whether you are sending out articles or book proposals. Don’t take it personally!  Apart from that publishers are really sometimes “wrong” – in the sense that often they say no when they should say yes and sometimes they say yes when they will wish they’d said no.

Rejections also can have a positive side. They may make you dig deeper, opening up more and better markets, as well as other opportunities – think e-books and self-publishing.  Remember this too: if an editor rejects a piece of yours with a short note, take it as BIG encouragement.  If the editor also tells you why s/he declined your submission, fix the deficiencies and resubmit it. This response signals your readiness to revise and try again, as well as perhaps the beginning of a relationship.




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4 responses to “Rejection Letter for your Book?

  1. tcbooth

    July 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Your posts are encouraging and informative for those of us who are new to this. Thank you.

  2. Lorne Oliver

    December 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Dr. Suess books were rejected at first, Gone With The Wind was rejected about 20 times as well. Rejection makes you stronger.

  3. Ellie Totten (@decelle2)

    October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Your post puts wind in the sails for us who are new at this. Thank you! 🙂


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