Posted by: nancycurteman | December 12, 2010

What to do When a Publisher Rejects Your Novel

Killer IdeasWhen 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.

 

Other tips for publishing your novel:

How to Write a Query Letter for a Mystery Novel

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Mystery Novel

How to Market Your Mystery Novel

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  1. Good as usually. Waiting for the e-book. 🙂

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    • I’m getting closer to considering an e-book. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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  3. You will find the right publisher… I’m convinced of it.

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    • Your encouragement means a lot. Thanks good friend.

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  5. Excellent idea, NC. Keep moving in the direction of your dreams.

    How EXCITING that they asked to see your FULL MANUSCRIPT and then looked at it so QUICKLY! That’s definitely a sign that you’re doing something right.

    Write on!

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    • I love your “every cloud has a silver lining” attitude.

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  6. I agree with Nancy H – you are on the right track! Keep up your efforts, they will pay off.

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