How to Deal With Rejections
- June 27, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
A proud brand-new mum leaves the maternity hospital cradling her precious baby. Once home, family in addition to friends gather round to welcome the brand-new arrival. ‘Isn’t he just gorgeous,’ they croon.
A few days later Mum puts her brand-new baby inside the pram in addition to sets off to the local shops to show him off to the entire world. A casual shopper passes in addition to looks at the pram. Mum smiles at her. ‘Want a peek at my brand-new baby?’ The shopper glances inside the pram, shakes her head, in addition to moving off says, ‘Sorry, not interested.’
Incredibly rude in addition to hurtful however unlikely surely? Maybe. however for authors This specific intense feeling of rejection will be a distressingly common occurrence. You’ve laboured over your manuscript for ages. Worked in addition to worried. Sweated in addition to fretted. in addition to currently, at last, the item’s done. Your creation. Your baby. Everyone’s going to love the item just like you do. Excitedly you send your manuscript off to agents or publishers in addition to wait. Weeks pass, sometimes months, in addition to then you hear the heavy phwut, phwut phwut which sounds suspiciously like returned manuscripts falling through your letter box onto the floor. You trudge out to check in addition to sure enough there they are – large fat brown envelopes lying in your hall about as welcome as huge cow pats.
What to do? Short term you can try a spot of wailing in addition to weeping to your loved ones followed by immoderate amounts of chocolate in addition to alcohol, which can help. However if you don’t want to end up a lonely, fat, alcoholic (even though many successful authors are) This specific will have to give way eventually to some serious thought.
Why has your book been rejected? Let’s look at some of the reasons.
- They haven’t bothered to read the item. Did you check if they accepted unsolicited manuscripts? Even if they say they do, sometimes faced which has a large slush pile in addition to a busy schedule your manuscript will get popped back into the SAE unread.
- the item’s been read (or the first page anyway) by a barely literate student on a summer holiday job who only likes superhero comics.
- You’ve targeted the wrong agent or publisher as they don’t handle your type of book. E.g. you’ve sent them Science Fiction in addition to they don’t deal in in which genre. Do your homework prior to submission.
- They already have a successful author producing books for exactly the same market in order in which your work could only compete with theirs. This specific happens however the item isn’t all bad news. If you’re not bad then someone else will be interested.
- Your writing isn’t up to scratch. Does your opening paragraph hook the reader? If not, the item’s unlikely they’ll bother to read the first page. Are your characters interesting in addition to well rounded? will be your plot properly worked out? Does your writing flow or are there clunky bits in which need smoothing? will be there too much static description? (Creative writing classes can have a lot to answer for…) will be your dialogue believable? Re-read your story checking for anything in which grates in addition to fix the item before submitting your MS again. in addition to inside the meantime get busy with your next writing project.
- the item’s been read by an agent or publisher who simply doesn’t recognise talent when they see the item. Not an unknown phenomenon by any means. Here are some examples of books in which have been rejected by publishers before going on to be fabulous successes: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Carrie, not to mention, though I will, the first Harry Potter book. in addition to there are many, many more. Feeling better? not bad.
- in addition to finally… Rejection, alas, will be a part of virtually every author’s life. At least at first. A shame truly because writers are mostly sensitive creatures easily cast down by such harsh realities. Only a compulsion bordering on the neurotic to write in addition to get published, no matter what, keeps us going. Did I say bordering on the neurotic? Yeah right.
the item helps if you can distance yourself by your work. Your book truly isn’t a baby you know. Nor an extension of yourself. Honestly. So try not to take rejection too personally. Hard I know. however don’t despair in addition to don’t give up. Agents in addition to publishers truly are on the lookout for talent. If you’ve got the item in addition to persevere you will be published.