Saturday, October 22, 2011

Welcome rejections

This pill might be a little hard to swallow, but as a writer you need to be ready for rejections.  If you're not ready, then write and keep your writings within the confines of your own little world--ok, J. D. Salinger did this for the remainder of his life after his tremendous success with Catcher in the Rye but that had nothing to do with rejection.  But if you've ever dreamed of publication, you have to be ready for the onslaught of rejections.

If you're ready, you are in great company: Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, John Grisham, and the list goes on.  Because each and every writer has been rejected at one time.

Don't take it personally.  Rejections can range from an overworked editor or literary agent to the quality or layout of your work.  But plow ahead fellow writer.  Perseverance is the key to winning in life, including being a published author.

Why did I name this blog "Welcome rejections"?

If you get in the mindset to welcome rejections, you won't be surprised when it happens, and then you can move on to someone who will accept your work.

For those who have read Stephen King's On Writing (and for those who haven't, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of this book immediately), you'll note a time in Mr. King's life when he would tack his rejection letters on a nail in his bedroom.  And when those rejections became too numerous, he replaced the nail with a spike.  And King is one of the most bestselling authors in the world.  Remember that next time you get a rejection from a literary agent or an editor.  Welcome it, and move on.  Persevere, fellow writer.

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