How to Deal With Submission Rejection

subrejectionRejection is painful and unfortunately, it is inevitable. When you are submitting your writing to literary agents in hopes of representation, it can be hard to learn that your work has been denied. Every writer has had some taste of denial and even some of the greatest authors were rejected for years before hearing a positive response to their work. Many writers want to give up after receiving a dreaded rejection letter, but you will never get published if you give up. Here are a few pointers on how to get over the roadblock of denial and how to deal with submission rejection.

Keep Writing
After facing rejection, writing may be the last thing you want to do. It’s normal to question your talent and abilities after receiving a notice of rejection, especially if it’s not your first one. However, rejection is a part of the writing process and the only way you will ever get published is if you keep on writing. If you are truly passionate about writing, you will not allow another person’s rejection to stop your natural desire of putting words to paper. You will never have anything to publish if you stop writing.

Keep Submitting
The submission process is necessary if you want to secure a literary agent in order to publish your work traditionally. It may be hard to receive numerous rejections, but if you want to go this route to publish, you cannot stop submitting. Make sure that you submit your work to literary agents who specialize in your particular genre for a better chance of representation. If an agent doesn’t represent your genre, they may never even read your submission. There are hundreds of literary agents and it only takes one to say yes to your work in order for you to get it published. Don’t stop submitting your work until you’ve found that one person, no matter how many submission rejections it takes.

Keep Learning
I do believe that in order to be a writer, you need some natural born talent. However, it takes more than talent to become a successful writer. If you notice that most of your work has been rejected, start educating yourself on writing and the publishing industry. You may learn that your query letter was formatted incorrectly, an error that could prevent you from being published. You may learn different plot fundamentals that you may want to implement in your next work of fiction. Regardless of what you learn, becoming educated about the field that you want to pursue will greatly increase your chances of being successful in the industry.

Stay Positive
The worst thing that you can do is to give up. Although it may be difficult to stay positive after a slew of rejections, remember the reason why you write and the praise you may have received in the past. If you stay positive about your abilities and your work, you will naturally exude an air of confidence. It’s important to display that confidence to potential literary agents because if you don’t believe in yourself, they won’t believe in you either.

As a writer, rejection is possibly one of the hardest things to deal with. Writing is a very personal and emotional experience and when your finished project is rebuffed, it’s natural to feel a little hurt. However, do not let this rejection keep you from achieving your goals.

If you have any thoughts on dealing with submission rejection, please share them in the comments.

Until next week,



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