When a publisher rejects your novel you can do several things: pout, blame the publisher’s lack of taste, give up writing, rewrite your novel for the fifth time, toss your novel in the recycle bin——or don’t do anything until you ponder the situation for a few days.
Here’s what I did. I queried a publisher regarding one of my mystery novels. The editor requested my full manuscript. Whoa! Was I happy or what? I e-mailed my novel in less than fifteen minutes.
A month later, I received a polite but painful rejection. My immediate reaction, after stomping my feet and directing a few invectives towards the publisher, was to give up writing. Why waste my time? Mystery writing must not be my forté. Sniff!
The next morning, I found the wound less agonizing, so I wiped away my crocodile tears and formulated a plan to handle future rejections.
Here it is: Each time I’m brought to my knees by a rejection, I’ll send out at least three new queries within a week. This means I’ll have to get busy right away researching other agents and publishers. No time for useless self-pity. In addition, I’ll accelerate work on my next novel. Finally, I’ll try to be more philosophical about rejections. After all, rejection is just one of those little paper cuts of life. At first it hurts like Hades, but the pain subsides quickly, then you “just pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start all over again.”
Gotta go now. A publisher rejected my novel, and I gotta get busy.
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