I have 9 paper rejection letters, 8 e-jects, and 7 no responses. That’s 24 rejections.
As I said in the last post, I got two of those rejection letters last week. It was discouraging. I did my research. I followed submission guidelines, addressed the letter to a specific editor, checked the publisher’s previous publications, and held on to each piece for over a year to polish and revise. If they were any good, they should have been accepted. So is it time to throw in the towel? How many rejection letters do I have to get before I do?
A bazillion. Before any towels are thrown in, the writer should make a book of rejection letters and solicit contributions from others.
That book idea is a great one. If it has been done before, I haven’t seen it.
I also agree with Mary’s quantity. It will take a bazillion, kajillion, dodecazillion rejection letters before I give up.
It isn’t that I believe in my writing that much. I mean, I think each piece is worth something or I wouldn’t keep doing it, but I’m not so confident that each rejection doesn’t affect me. They do. So why keep going?
I’m a little selfish. I learn a lot each time I pick up a pencil. And now I’m learning about marketing and technology as well as I try to build a following. I’ve always valued learning and I find fulfillment in it. I even learn from the rejections. As long as I keep learning and growing, I won’t give up on writing and pursuing publication.
Check out other authors who kept going! Here are some links to rejections of famous works: