Writers Rejection: Part of Becoming a Writer

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The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Author Sylvia Plath

Rejection is Part of the Writing Process

Yeah yeah yeah “rejection and writing go hand in hand” so we’re told. But that doesn’t mean it stings any less.

Let’s face it, rejection letters hurt. They leave a throbbing ache that can be difficult to overcome.

Becoming a Writer: Why Do We Write?

Most writers have a burning passion that comes from deep within to be creative with our written words and share them with others. We have a story to tell.

It is important for us to have our voices heard. We thrive on the hope that our thoughts are meaningful and touch readers in a special way. And earning an income writing makes it all the better.

Reasons for Rejecting a Writer’s Work

First of all, let’s remind ourselves that there are many publishers out there that continue to kick themselves in the a** after rejecting work that went on to be a huge success.

  • A publisher may reject your work for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of your writing. It’s possible that your writing submission simply does not fit well with their particular market.
  • Maybe you sent a spontaneous manuscript and you didn’t read the fine print in their submission guidelines stating “unsolicited manuscripts will be returned.”
  • If a publisher is hoping for a piece that is 1,000 words in length and you present content that is over 3,500 words, your writing may be superb yet it doesn’t fit with the current needs.
  • A publisher simply may not be able to identify a market for your work.
  • They may also feel that your writing would fit better elsewhere and be kind enough to give you that advice.
  • It could be that the timing of your submission isn’t good because the budget has run out and there are no funds to purchase your work. The publisher may not even read your work in this case, and the rejection has nothing to do with you personally.
  • What if the publication is always written in third person and you wrote your piece in first person? Rejected!

Rejection Can Be Very Impersonal

  • Some rejection may come in the form of a nicely written letter giving you advice, wishing you the best with a handwritten signature.
  • The rejection could be an obvious form letter, the same one sent to every “rejectee.”
  • It could also be as simple as a big red REJECTED stamp that makes you feel as if it was posted on your forehead for the entire world to see.

Whether or not a publisher loves or hates your work is very subjective, caused by a variety of influences that can simply come down to personal taste. Of course, there is the possibility that our writing really is crappy. But that’s okay too. Every rejection is an opportunity to continue to learn and sharpen our skills.

Flashback’s of My “Rejection Story”

I wrote for many years simply “letting it out” ~ never searching for nor wanting feedback or approval from others. Back when I was still in grade school and into my 20’s, I wrote poems and stories that were a release for me personally. I would quietly put them away in a three-ring binder never to be seen by anyone except my mother on occasion.

Beginning in my late 20’s, I finally decided it was time to share my writing passion with others. Of course, I also wanted to make some money too. I purchased my first hard copy of the Writer’s Market. I read and read with excitement learning about all the avenues for writers to get their work published.

I decided I would start with writing magazine articles and hopefully see my name in print. Dreams of becoming rich and famous often invaded my sleep.

I wrote my first article titled “Have Things Really Changed.” And then another and another. I quickly learned about SASE’s, publishing rights and proper manuscript format. I worked long and hard on my query letters. I chose the magazines where I wanted to try to publish my work.

I made the mistake of thinking that my writing was good enough to go straight for the popular magazines. I submitted my work to places like Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Parenting and Reader’s Digest.

Here are a couple examples of how that turned out for me.

1996 Rejection Letter from Good Housekeeping

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1997 Rejection Letter from Reader's Digest

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The Need to Refocus

I quickly learned that I was nobody in comparison to the infinite number of people who wish to be a published author. The rejections hurt as they continued to pile up on my desk.

I decided to shift gears and try to write for a local audience; something I should have done to begin with. I contacted the local editor at The City Visitor, a free magazine mainly distributed to hotels. He was kind enough to set up an in-person meeting with me.

By the time I left the meeting, I had secured two separate article contracts. I was thrilled and worked extremely hard on these articles which included some traveling for which I was reimbursed. They liked my work and once the articles were in print, I received two separate checks for $400 each plus expenses. I couldn’t have been happier.

Fast Forward Many Years

I did not continue my writing on a regular basis due to the fact that I had a great full-time job. I would write when I felt like it but put no pressure on myself. I rarely tried to have anything published, and when I did, I would add another rejection letter to the pile.

It wasn’t until more recently that I began writing again when I joined HubPages in early 2011. HubPages has allowed me to publish my own work, learn, receive feedback and continue to gain confidence.

Of course, there is much more I could share related to my passion for writing. My hope is that others will understand that rejection is likely and even necessary to motivate us to keep writing.

Is Getting Something Published a True Measure of Success?

Yes, of course, it certainly seems that way. And in the majority of cases, it is true. A writer has something published; that equals success.

The reality is that there are some extremely substandard, published writers. We’ve all seen it. That bad writing with horrible grammar, spelling mistakes and text that makes no sense. The kind that leaves us scratching our head in utter amazement and cringing as we abruptly stop ourselves from reading even one more word.

So how did the poor writing make it through the gates? Did the writer pay someone off to secretly distribute their work? Are they the great niece of the CEO? Do they just so happen to be the "dog whisperer" for one of the editors at Random House?

WHO KNOWS?

Seriously, it - does - not - matter!

Are You a Writer?

Which statement bests fits how you feel about rejection?

  • I am afraid of rejection.
  • Rejection demotivates me for way too long.
  • I understand that rejection is part of the process; I don't let it get me down.
  • Rejection inspires me to continue to learn and grow as a writer.
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What Really Matters

First and foremost, do not be afraid of rejection. We could just write to our hearts content and then file it away in a folder, never to see the light of day again. But how would we ever get anything published if we don’t at least try.

Use any rejection that you may receive as a positive opportunity. If you truly believe in your writing, work through any negative responses. Remember that the most famous writers all received rejection at some point in their careers.

Stay motivated. Keep learning. Keep writing. Keep submitting. And be proud of your effort as a writer.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Very enlightening. However it is difficult to separate rejections from personal feelings. And how many people will stick around for 800 rejections. Pretty daunting and most admirable to think someone believed in his work. The chicken soup guys had a ton of rejections and they were noted speakers at that time reaching audiences in person at least 800 times a year. Thanks for bringing this all out. You did a great job. So will have to vote up and of course share!.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

An important message, and I have known writers who have gotten discouraged and gave up. One needs a thick skin to be a writer....great job!


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rhondakate 4 years ago from California

Those are some great tips and facts that can really inspire and motivate when kept in mind. Staying positive and persisting can make all the difference.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

SS, bravo!!! This is a brilliant piece of work! I did not realize that you had been at this for that long, and a professional, at that. I appreciate you sharing all of your experiences. This is such a good topic for all writers, and I bet you could get something published at Good HouseKeeping now! Loved this. Voted up, more and I am definitely sharing!!!!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great article Sharon. I've gotten better at handling rejection; although, it's still disappointing. In the end I use it to motivate me to get better or try something different. Voted up, useful, and shared. Blessings, Kelley


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Sharon...I am such a loser, I haven't even been rejected by mail yet:) hahaha I'm still working my way up! haha

Excellent hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sharyn....I may have heard about some of those fabulous works by now-famous authors, but a couple you mention here, astounded me! "A Time to Kill??" and really, "Peter Rabbit??" Good Grief. This is kind of funny besides being shocking. Like you said, I wonder how many of those Publisher's kicked themselves in the "what-was-I-thinking?"

Here's my "slant" on that lol....I have written forever and I LOVE to write. It may be a passion, but it might just be a necessity to me, like air and water....not sure. Anyway, as I'm sure you feel this way as well, it reflects in your work, Sharyn and MANY people see it, read it and appreciate it, learn from it and remember it.

I have no idea what's considered fabulous writing, acceptable, good, poor or just nothing....I only know what I enjoy writing and reading...I certainly would not know what might be "publishable."

It's a matter of continuing to do what you love in the ways that you do it....all of us. We're happy...our readers are happy...or they wouldn't bother to read us.....we grow and learn and share our work with everyone. This is all pretty much damned GOOD.

Rejection? Not getting that job we wanted, being "dumped" by someone we're crazy about, not being chosen for the team captain??

Find a BETTER job, a much nicer boy friend and form your OWN team.....Like the words in Norah's Poem....."If no one brings you flowers....plant your own garden."

Well anyway...that's my slant, Sharyn....KEEP writing! Peace!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carol ~ I agree. It's difficult to separate rejection from personal feelings. And 800 rejections, that is crazy! Thanks for mentioning about the "chicken soup guys." I did read about that. Thank you so much for your feedback and compliments.

Sharyn


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very interesting and informative hub. I'm learning, I'm learning--thanks to you.

Voted up and sharing.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Billy ~ I am sure there are writers who have gotten so discouraged, they simply gave up. For me, I certainly have had my share of discouragement but whatever that voice is within me, it won't let me stop writing. Even all those years I worked a "corporate" job, I still found ways to pull in my writing with the job to get that "creativity release." I believe writers do have to have thick skin, pick ourselves up, dust off, and keep plugging away. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello rhondakate ~ great to meet you. I'm glad you appreciated these tips and facts. Stay positive!

Sharyn


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sharon,

I have officially been rejected and blown off... I feel good to be even trying.

This is amazing in seeing how wonderful writers just kept persevering, very inspirational and motivational. Thank you and you are so right in that we all need to keep writing.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great to read this! Helps me and I think everyone else here--


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hiya PP ~ thank you so much for your compliments. I gotta tell ya, when you say "professional" - well I don't ever look at myself like that, partially attributed to lack of self confidence.

But your comment prompted me to add a piece above in this article. Because after I received those two great assignments and got "paid to write" - I did not continue submitting my writing, for the most part, for over 15 years. That was until I found HubPages. I appreciate your feedback and votes, and thank you for sharing this too.

Sharyn


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

We write in different genres, so it's not possible that every market has room....but it is painful, no doubt, to be impersonally rejected. Shall share to give writers motivation!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ Rejection will always be disappointing but it's how we handle it. I'm glad to hear that you use it to motivate yourself. I hope that is something that comes across in this article. Thanks for your feedback and votes and share and blessings too :)

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelly ~ Now you stop that right now, you hear me :) You are not, never have been, a loser. You are so silly! If I sent you a rejection letter in the mail, would you feel better? Thank you always for stopping by!

Sharyn


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Being a writer reminds me so much of songwriting. If you've ever listened to songwriters and music artists being interviewed, a really common theme is "I was rejected by every publishing company" or, "I was rejected by every label". And then one day, BOOM! They have success, and the really lucky ones have "super" success! So, we just have to keep trying even though it is hard to take that stuff sometimes! Chin up and carry on! ;) (Or something like that!)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Sharyn, this is really a very visually appealing hub! I really like the section breaks! And your message is very encouraging. Nicely done.


AEvans 4 years ago

What an enlightment for so many. I have used rejection even on an Internet site and had seen it as an opportunity, their loss my gain. Up and shared. :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wow, Sharyn!

I am deeply touched to read about you. You are a prolific writer my friend and I admire you a lot. If you got rejected then mine is just at a cross road.

Thank you for this motivational piece...LOVED it.

voted up as awesome, interesting, useful. Sharing it across


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

I bet your query letter got "careful consideration" from RD! LOL

Rejection is the one demotivator that keeps me from bothering with query letters. BLEH! I hate organizing and sending mail. It's easier now that most accept e-mail submissions, but finding them is still a pain.

I can attest that the Writers Digest you mentioned above is worth its weight in gold, though! Great tips and an unbelievably thorough list of editors, magazines, and websites that writers can keep handy all year? Yes, please!


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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

There are many reasons why publishers reject work from writers. Just because a publisher has rejected your work it doesn't mean that you are not a good writer or you should quit writing. Find out the reasons why your work was rejected from there you will be able to know where you went wrong. There are some bestselling books that we are reading now that were initially rejected. The point is, keep writing, the more you write the more you hone your skills of writing.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Sharon, it was very interesting to read about your journey with rejection. I think the way you approached it is well worth emulating. I have had my ups and downs with rejection, lost confidence, but never given up. Other times I've looked at rejected stories and thought, "Thank God, that wasn't accepted, it was nowhere near ready."

On the other hand I had a short story come third in a contest run by a major women's magazine (She UK edition) and yet because they didn't publish it I have sent to many other journals or anthologies - some of them local - and it's been rejected every time. As you've pointed out, so much can depend on circumstances that have nothing to do with quality. We, as writers, really need to look very honestly at our own work and decide if it's worth persevering with or if it needs a radical change.

A great article.

BTW, J.K Rowling was another writer who was rejected numerous times. She was told the story was too old-fashioned, and we all know how fashionable Harry Potter went on to be.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Helpful Hub. Encouraging. Getting into print is the hardest thing and even if you are a published writer staying commissioned isn't automatic. I know many writers with long careers as journalists or feature writers who are out of work - depends on who the editor is today. It's a ruthless business and rejection is the name of the game - till you get a lucky break. I was a published feature writer for years but it doesn't count for a thing in today's publishing world.

Yours is a very sensible Hub.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Ah, the rejection letter. Every writer's gotten them, but it still makes you feel kind of alone and small when it happens! You're right, though, us rejected writers are in fantastic company =)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

What an interesting and awesome hub! I got a rejection for a quilt pattern once and it bothered me more than I though it would. Your page breaks with interesting tidbits are terrific!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Paula's Slant :) ~ it does appear from my research that there are many publishers that turned something down and missed out on a big jackpot. And I do believe that for some people, writing is a necessity. I feel that way. No matter what I was doing in my life, the passion for writing has always been there. Even if it was just a notebook on my nightstand to jot things down to get them off my mind and on to paper so I could sleep.

As far as knowing what would be "publishable" - I also have no idea. The only thing that I feel is if there are tons of grammar and spelling errors, forget it, I truly cannot keep reading.

I agree about your definition of rejection seems to fit more with things like "being dumped." Writing on HubPages, I don't feel rejection although there are times I wish people would critique more so I could continue to learn.

You know how much I appreciate your "slant" Paula, thank you so much!

Sharyn


Girandola 4 years ago

An excellent article! It offers hope to us all!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cristina ~ You are welcome. There is a lot to learn, just keep at it, you'll do great. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this article too.

Sharyn


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Great article Sharon so very inspirational & encouraging...as I mentioned in one of my hubs about writing we can't afford to be precious about our work...persistance & tenacity help but Wow 800 times rejected!!! Voted up + & shared


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

This hub was so inspiring. Rejection really is just part of the process. The tidbits on the rejection of famous authors was inspiring.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Maria ~ Well I for one would never reject you :) I agree about feeling good to be even trying, me too. I think using the word persevering is a great motivator. Just keep writing!!! Thank you for your votes and hugs,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Audrey ~ I'm so glad you found this helpful. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Super article and excellent writing. I was amazed last year when Forbes Magazine accepted my article as a "guest writer" -- I'd sent it in with no hope whatsoever. That tells me there's plenty of hope for all of us if I get an article accepted as I write off the wall and everyone knows it -- all you exceptional writers out there go for it -- it's gonna happen! Best/Sis


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chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I love all the examples you provided of great writers who were once rejected. JK Rowling was rejected and now with the money Harry Potter has made, someone is regretting that decision! It is great that we now have the Internet and eBooks to self-publish and get to the people that want what we have to offer.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Michelle ~ Yes, the impersonal rejections are the toughest but to be expected. Although I know if it was me, I would try to hand write a note :) Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kathy ~ sure, the same thing is true of songwriting. But I love the happy ending: success!!! Definitely we need to keep trying and keep our chin up. Thanks for stopping by, best wishes to you.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi TT ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I appreciate you stopping by.

SS


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Inspiring. Simply inspiring. You also have reminded me that I just need to spend some time...writing. Not for HP, not for my blog, not for anyone except for me. That goes for art and photography, too. Thank you for the gentle reminder. When you're famous, I'll have this post as evidence that you "knew me when" ;) Great hub, SS. Up and shared.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Sharyn~

Thanks for writing this very interesting insight. Loved your line dividers and what tit bits of valuable info they hold! For a new writer like myself, it is inspiring reading your article and experiences so Thanks again!!! voted up, useful, interesting and shared! :-)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Sharon - When one lives with rejection all their life, what's one more? lol Seriously, you did a great job of spelling out what to expect. Unfortunately, preparations and efforts don't always bring opportunity. But, as the overused expressions states, "If at first you don't succeed....." Great Hub! Up & Interesting


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, everyone is sharing this one and with good reason! You express yourself well, your writing is pointed and enjoyable to read. I've also received rejection, although I've found nowadays agents try to write kinder rejection letters than in the old days. Any successful/famous writer has been rejected at one time or another. We just have to keep writing because we love it! Thank you for an inspirational hub. Voted up and, of course, shared. : )


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Great hub; a lot of us need reminding of this as receiving the rejection can definitely be painful.


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thewritingowl 4 years ago from Ireland

Well said, I have been rejected many times but when I am I always go back and see where I can make improvements and send it to another market once I have reworked my piece to suit. Your article is full of good advice and just what I need to spurn me on with my current projects.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Juliana ~ That's the best thing to do, use rejection as an opportunity. Thanks for sharing this, best of luck to you.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Ruchira ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I'm so glad this piece was motivational to you. I appreciate you stopping by. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Jelly ~ Rejection is definitely a demotivator, but we need to not hang on to that for too long. The Writer's Digest is an awesome book. I haven't purchased a new one in awhile but now that I'm talking about it, I think I am going to treat myself. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Nyamache ~ I agree with you and that is the point I hope came across in this article. Rejection does not mean you are a bad writer. You must just keep on writing. Thank you for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Yvonne ~ It's so important to simply not give up, keep pushing forward. And I agree, looking at really old stuff I've written, I can make it so much better today. That's great about the She magazine, third is a great place to be. I understand the frustration though not getting it published elsewhere.

I do know of JK Rowling's story which is really great. It would be so cool to be her with all the success. Thank you so much for your great feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Penelope ~ I am so glad you felt this is encouraging. I agree with you, a lot depends on the editor. I don't think I'll ever stop looking for that "lucky break" no matter how old I get. I do believe that being a "published feature writer" MUST count for something. It should be encouraging to you especially. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving great feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Glimmer ~ I'm so glad you like this. Certainly, there are times when rejection does hurt more than we'd like it to. But time passes and things get better. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Natasha ~ Yeah, that darn rejection letter :( Nowadays, it could certainly be in the form of a "big rejection email" too. They do hurt because we put our heart into our work. But we are definitely not alone and must keep pushing forward. I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you,

Sharyn


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

New writers have to be encouraged, Sharon, by your positive and motivating information. Rejection does not kill. And I'm so glad Gatsby survived.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Girandola ~ Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Chrissie ~ Absolutely, someone is kicking themselves that turned down JK Rowling, oh yeah! And the internet has definitely changed everything with writing. Being able to easily self publish is an awesome opportunity. Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carter ~ I'm so glad this was inspirational and encouraging for you. And I agree, I can't imagine being rejected 800 times. Now that is persistence. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Thundermama ~ I'm so glad this was inspiring for you. I really appreciate your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Sis (Angela) ~ That is awesome!!! Congratulations on your Forbes article. I know you say you write "off the wall" - but don't think of that as a negative. I love your writing. Your humor and life wisdom is what keeps me reading your work. Thanks so much for your inspiring feedback. Take care,

Sharyn


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Sharyn, I enjoyed your article for it's encouraging message and the lovely professional page layout, and great bits of wisdom highlighted within. This piece actually makes me feel hopeful about writing, which is rare. Thank you! Regards, snakeslane


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cyndi ~ sorry it's taken me so long to respond. This week has been crazy. I'm glad this was inspiring to you and also reminded you to simply write or do your photography for no other reason except for yourself. Thank you so much for your great feedback and sharing too.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Suzie ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I really appreciate you stopping by. Thanks for sharing and voting too.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Richard ~ Thank you so much for your great feedback. It's true: "if at first you don't succeed." The person that started that phrase, I'm sure, was talking about writer's, no doubt, ha. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi vespawoolf ~ Aww, thank you for such nice compliments. It's nice to hear that you find rejection letters are "kinder" nowadays. It's true, we have to just keep on writing because we love it. Thank you for sharing and voting, very much appreciated.

Sharyn


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Excellent motivational hub! It's good to be reminded that it's a natural part of the process, not a personal assault.

Voted up etc.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Phil ~ Thank you so much for your feedback. Very much appreciated.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello writingowl ~ You've got a great attitude. Take the rejection and see where you can make improvements and then resubmit. Good for you. I'm glad this gave you a little boost with your current projects. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dr. BJ ~ ha, I am also glad Gatsby survived. Could you imagine. And I'm so glad you found this to be positive and motivating. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi snakeslane ~ so glad you found this message encouraging. That means a lot to me. I totally understand how one can lose hope at times. Even just with HubPages, it can be hard to stay motivated and hang in there. I am so glad I did. Now, 18 months later, I see it can really pays to do so. Best wishes to you, thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Judi ~ absolutely. Most rejection is typically not a personal assault but more likely a natural part of the process. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Edgar Arkham 4 years ago from Modesto, CA

It is a really great hub, with a lot of advice.

I know that, as a writer, being rejected is never fun.

I have written a novel and have never find a way to submit it (in a paper form) to any publishers.

I actually would be pleased as punch to be rejected, because at least I'd have someone read it.

But that is just me.

Great hub!


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great article. I am self published so I haven't received any rejection notices. The type of writing that I have done would never make a best seller but for me the personal satisfaction I experienced in recording my own memories, stories and tales from my life experiences made it all worthwhile.


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stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

This hub needs a well needed button.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Edgar Arkham ~ it's great to meet you. I have a novel too that I've actually never tried to submit anywhere yet. But I agree that even if rejected, it's a step to get someone to read it. And if feedback it given, that could be a good thing too. Thanks so much for your great feedback, good luck to you.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Fiddleman ~ great to see you. Yeah, when you self publish, it's a lot easier on the rejection :) I like your writing and I can understand the personal satisfaction that comes from it too. I wish I had more time to read everything I want to, the way you tell a story is quite entertaining. Thanks so much for your feedback. Best wishes!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Stillwaters ~ great to meet you. I agree, there are many times I wish there were different buttons to click on hubs. Thanks so much for the comment.

Sharyn


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

Thanks for reminding us of the many reasons a piece of writing may not be accepted/needed by publishers. I'm certain I'm paraphrasing something someone famous once said here, but the only losers are those that stop trying.

Voted up and Shared.


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crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

Very motivating hub Sharyn, yes rejection and writing goes hand in hand, but we should never give up, writing is an addiction, with rejection, you tend to get challenged to write even better, whatever the reason of rejection might be.. definitely voted up


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello LL ~ Absolutely "the only losers are those that stop trying." Thank you so much for your feedback and vote/share too. Very much appreciated.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello crystaleyes ~ It's nice to meet you. I agree writing is an addiction. And I also feel challenged even more after rejection too. Thank you so much for your great feedback!

Sharyn


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas

I really enjoyed reading this. It shows that you have a lot of determination to reach your goals, and it also gave hope and inspiration to anyone out there who has had things they've written be rejected. It's great that we have platforms like here on Hubpages to learn from others, and elevate our writing. Voted up!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Sharon - i very much enjoyed your...'slant' on what it takes to get your writing published..

interesting that the local paper gave you 'assignments' instead of letting you submit articles on certain subject matter - very cool!

I've not tried to have anything published - but, there are those who have told i ought to - especially my best friend since i was 5...lol..

she says she'll be mad at me if i dont' write a book..

i foresee anger in her future..

LOL..


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Made 3 years ago from Finland

This was so interesting and motivating. I have not been close to publishing anything, because I haven't even tried. Where I come from, you shouldn't sit and write, because that's not a job. It's a waste of time. BUT I should stop thinking like that. I'm actually considering to participate in a novel writing competition here in Finland. It's for people that are 30 years or older. I haven't written a novel for years and I don't know if I could do it, but this hub is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experience, Sharon.


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Hi Sharon,

I can't believe I missed this one. It is such a wonderful hub filled with much truth when it comes to publishing. From my own experience I always hoped to become a published author but it is important to never lose the reason one writes and hopefully for the pure joy as that will stay forever whether we get in print or not. The reasons you gave were spot on for not getting published, one should never give up hope nor think just because they have been rejected they are not a good writer. Thank you for writing this. I am sharing!

Hugs,

Sunnie


thechronicler 3 years ago

Here is another one to add: J.K. Rowling received 12 rejections before Harry Potter was published. We all know about the rest :) I also read once that Stephen King started off tacking every rejection letter he received on a nail on his wall. The weight of the letters eventually got so heavy that he had to replace the nail with a metal spike. I love stories about the great ones like this because they are a big source of inspiration to the rest of us to keep writing and keep sending in those submissions!


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Great article.Thanks for sharing with us your experience.It is really rich and inspiring.Sometimes ,rejection comes from political reasons.It happened with George Orwell when he published his novel ANIMAL FARM.It was not only rejected by publishers but also by famous authors and poets such as TS Eliot who wrote criticizing the book “We have no conviction that this is the right point of view from which to criticise the political situation(authoritarian government ) at the current time,” adding that he thought its “view, which I take to be generally Trotskyite, is not convincing”. The reason was in 1944 Joseph Stalin was a good friend of the US and Britain and vital in the effort to end World War II.

In Morocco,my country,for example.A very famous author wrote long time a novel called FOR BREAD ALONE .It was rejected here but it was approved and welcomed in Spain when a friend of him translated it in Spanish.The book,in fact, is about a generation’s struggle against authority to free their bodies and minds from domination both in colonial and postcolonial settings.It violates taboos and criticizes Moroccan parental authority.

My advice,keep on your way.Don t listen to what others say or let publishers’ letter to let you down.I voted up.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi prospectboy ~ Thanks, I do hope this information is inspiring to others. And I agree, platforms like HubPages are a great place to gain some important feedback and to learn what has or hasn't worked for others. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Leslie ~ I'm glad you enjoyed my "slant." Yes, when I received the assignments for a local magazine, I was thrilled. Nothing that exciting has really happened since . . .

If you have been "told" since you were 5, well, I think you should get on it, ha. Don't disappoint your friend. Thanks so much for your feedback. Good luck!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Made ~ Many people feel that writing is not a "job." It's unfortunate and not true. You definitely need to keep pushing through and not worry about what others think. Taking part in a novel writing competition will certainly be encouraging for you. I found it kind of weird that there is an age limit on it though, huh. Good luck!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hiya Sunnie D ~ Great to see you :) Yes, writing for the pure joy of it is so important. Especially because rejection does happen - even if you are a great writer. Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing. I hope all is well with you.

Sharyn


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Made 3 years ago from Finland

Sharyn, it isn't only a writing competition with an age limit. It's only for Finnish citizens and you have to write in Swedish, and only 5 percent of the population in Finland are Swedish speaking. There's also another annual competition for people under 30 years of age. The good thing is that there is a bigger chance of winning because of the small amount of people competing. Thanks! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello chronicler ~ Yes, I've heard about J.K. Rowling and the success she has now, awesome! The story about Stephen King is cool too. It's so true that stories like these help us put things into perspective and keep plugging away. I appreciate you stopping by, thanks for your feedback.

Sahryn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi James ~ Thank you for such great feedback. The story about George Orwell is quite interesting. Also interesting about the book that was then published once it was translated in Spanish. It all goes to show us that rejection is never final. It is only rejection from that specific person/publisher. Thank you for all of your wonderful insights. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Made ~ wow, I find the age limit thing quite interesting. I like that there is a better chance to win for you having to write in Swedish. Good luck to you and let me know how it goes!

Sharyn

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