Part 1 of the series, “Been Rejected? Join the Club!”
My most recently published book is selling very well. But it was rejected by nine publishers before my agent placed it with a major publishing house. Coping with rejection is an unfortunate part of the business of professional writing. However, there are ways of making it less painful. In this series, we’ll look at several.
First, begin by understanding what rejection is. It is one editor rejecting one manuscript on one day. It is not a ruling that you have no talent. Maybe the editor was wrong and just didn’t realize how good your manuscript was. Maybe she had a fight with her spouse that morning and was in such a foul mood, she rejected everything. Maybe something in your manuscript was potentially offensive to one of the publication’s advertisers, or the publication put a freeze on new purchases because of cash flow problems, or the editor recently received a story or article covering your topic.
Keep in mind that, although writing involves an extension of the self, you were not rejected, your manuscript was, and it’s not always about a lack of talent.
Next week: “The Odds Game”
Dennis E. Hensley, PhD, is director of the professional writing department at Taylor University in Upland, IN. He serves as a judge annually for the Evangelical Press Association Awards, the Christy Fiction Awards, and the Christian Writers Guild “First Novel Contest.” His latest book is Jesus in the 9 to 5 (AMG Publishers). © 2014 by Dennis E. Hensley. All rights reserved.