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Dealing With Rejections

13 May

003And a Happy Monday to all of you writers out there! I hope the weekend was restful and you are ready to send your words out into the world today.

Today we are going to discuss rejection.  I know, not a very pleasurable topic, but it does not have to be depressing if we are willing to learn from it.

Consider the quote of the day……


A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.
Bo Bennett
If you are a writer then you need to learn from your rejections.  The bottom line is that there is a reason why your work was rejected, and that reason does not have to be that you are a poor writer.  Maybe the publisher or editor just isn’t looking for the subject matter that you wrote about.  Maybe they have their plate full and can’t take on any more new material…..and yes, maybe what you submitted wasn’t good enough.

Take each rejection slip and learn from it.  If you want, ask the editor, agent or publisher why they rejected your work.  Many will tell you in the rejection note, but if they don’t, write them back and ask them why they rejected you so that you can learn from it.

Rejections are a way of life for writers.  Find the positives in the rejection and move forward.  Harper Lee, the brilliant writer of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” tried for five years to find a publisher that would take on her project….five years.  She never gave up on her story….let me say it again….five years!  One of the greatest books ever written was rejected for five years, ladies and gentlemen.  Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

It is too easy to give up.  Do not give up on your talent.  Become a better writer because of the rejections you receive.


The Association of American Publishers is a handy site to bookmark. You can find them here.

There you will find hundreds of publishers and links to their sites, and there you will find submission guidelines when the time comes to hawk your next great novel. J


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I hope you are finding these prompts inspirational. The whole idea is to generate ideas and from that articles.  Don’t over-think these prompts.  Look at the picture and jot down first impressions…and then let your mind roam….and hopefully your next article will be born.


I know, I know, it seems I am constantly highlighting friends of mine, but that’s because I know some incredible writers, so why not?

Go see my friend Pearl at her blog. You can find it here.  She writes about what she knows…mainly birds.  If you have ever wanted to attract birds to your yard, this is the lady you need to become friends with.

ps….her blog site isn’t working…you can find her on HubPages here….and her name is actually Connie but she calls herself grandmapearl on HP. 🙂


I hope you are having a great Monday. This is the most productive day of the week for me. My mind is always alive on Mondays….that might have something to do with my resting over the weekend.  Hmmm….perhaps there is a lesson in there somewhere. J