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Dealing With Rejection As A Writer

Updated on October 8, 2013

The Reality of Rejection

Don't let anyone, or any rejection, keep you from what you want.

Ashley Tisdale

If you are a writer then you understand all too well the nature of rejection. If you haven’t been rejected yet then sit back and wait because it is coming….or I could put it another way and say that if you haven’t been rejected yet you aren’t trying hard enough. J

Rejection happens! That is a truth you need to understand if you are going to continue with your writing career. Yes, in a perfect world, we would all be loved beyond measure, and everyone would embrace our writings, but this is far from a perfect world. If you are going to write, and if you are going to try and sell your writings, then you must learn to cope with being tossed out in the cold.

Writers at the early stage of their careers receive rejections and writers who have been doing this for thirty years receive rejections. You cannot take the rejection personally. A rejection of your work is not a rejection of you as a person, nor is it a rejection of your talent as a writer. It simply means there is a very specific reason why your work was rejected. The trick is to determine why and then set about correcting the problem.

I have known writers who quit writing because of rejection. I have known writers who gave it up because of lack of recognition or lack of comments. My hope is that after you read this article you will not become one of the group who throws in the towel and quits, but rather you will understand the nature of rejections and be more determined to move forward in your writing career.

So, let’s move forward together. Later we can sit and compare our rejection slips. If you come over to my house I’ll show you the den that we re-papered with my rejection slips. I think it looks rather lovely in the right light.

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Why Editors Reject Your Work

It would be lovely to say that editors and publishers reject our work because they are just having a bad day, but that is not very realistic. There is usually a very specific reason for the rejection. Try these on for size:

  • They have already received a similar piece
  • They have already done a similar piece recently
  • You failed to make your work interesting enough in the query letter
  • Your work simply was not good enough
  • You failed to follow submission guidelines
  • Your writing does not match with the editor’s taste
  • The editor or publisher is not taking on any new writing
  • You did not provide an interesting slant to a worn out topic

All of the above are commonplace and all can be learned from if you are willing to learn.

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Learning from the Rejection

Are all rejection letters bad? Of course not. In fact, I will be so bold as to tell you that every single rejection letter has value if you are in a receptive state of mind.

Many rejection letters or emails will tell you why your work was rejected. Take that counsel to heart and don’t repeat your mistakes.

If you receive a personal note from the editor, agent or publisher, file it. It takes time to write a personal note, and the mere fact that they have done so in response to your offering is good news.

If you receive a rejection letter that is positive in nature and actually has the words “please try again,” treat it like the gift it is. Editors do not write those words unless they found something worthwhile in your writing. They are inundated with work and the fact that they are inviting you back means you have a certain amount of “game” in the writing business.

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Learn from other "rejected" authors

Dealing Positively to the Rejection

The most positive thing you can do with a rejection slip is to learn something from it. When you are rejected, sit down and consider, first of all, why you were rejected.

Let's take a look at one rejection letter I received and see what we can learn from it:

Dear Bill,


Thank you for sending a link to your touching story.


We have been holding your submission under consideration since receiving it. Though we were greatly moved by your letter, we have determined that we will not be publishing it. At this time, we’d like to formally release the work back to you so that you can submit it for publication elsewhere.


With all good wishes,

Ying


This, in my opinion, is a great rejection letter. It tells me that they liked my work enough to hold onto it and give it serious consideration. I felt very good about this rejection.

Be honest about your writing. Was the piece that you wrote good enough to be published, or did you just think it was? Have someone else critique your work and ask them for pointers and constructive criticism.

Go over the submission guidelines and make sure that you followed them exactly. Often times a submission guideline is overlooked and that spelled doom for your piece of writing.

If no reason for the rejection was given then ask for a reason. How are you going to know if you don’t find out? What’s the worst that can happen by writing to the publisher again? Another rejection slip? Oh well!

Let's take a look at a rejection letter I received that gave no reason for the rejection:

Hi Bill,
Thanks for your pitch to Briarpatch. Unfortunately we are not able to pursue this story at this time, but thanks again for thinking of us and all the best with your writing.
Warm regards,
Valerie Zink

I need more information from Valerie, so I sent her another email asking for specifics. By doing so I educate myself and I tell her that I am interested enough to take the time to make that inquiry.

Do not take rejection personally. A rejection letter in writing is part of paying your dues. Harper Lee faced five years of rejection before she found someone to publish “To Kill A Mockingbird.” She continued to re-write her work, and she continued to send out her manuscript, and finally she was accepted…and the rest is history.

Editors do not know you as a person. There are no emotions invested when they reject your work, and there should be no emotions involved in receiving the rejection. This is a business and today was not your day. Tomorrow, however, may very well be your day, but you will never find out unless you keep writing and keep sending your work to agents, editors and publishers.

Great video on rejection

Plan on rejection and celebrate the victories
Plan on rejection and celebrate the victories

Moving Forward

Okay, you got rejected! Now is the time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.

Before you do, though, may I suggest you have a Rejection Party? Invite some friends over, toss back a couple drinks, and laugh it off. Consider it a matter of paying your dues. I would much prefer being a rejected writer than no writer at all, and I know that each of you feels the same way.

Keep a file of your rejections. On the one hand, a file is proof to the IRS that you are, indeed, a writer. On the other hand, rejections slips can be a great motivator, and when you do make it big in this business, and you are giving interviews, you can show your public all of the rejection slips that prove without a shadow of a doubt that you had what it took to succeed in this business.

Finally, the ultimate act of moving forward from rejection is to write again. Writing is not for the meek or weak. Rejection makes us tougher, and rejection strengthens our resolve to carry on. Hang those rejections slips somewhere where you can see them while you are working on your next great piece. Let them serve as motivation as you write your masterpiece.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Queen, thank you very much!

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      QueenBex 4 years ago

      great hub! Very useful thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, rejection is a way of life, no matter what job or profession we have. We either learn from it or we repeat our mistakes....the choice is ours. :)

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      Mark Johann 4 years ago from Italy

      The reasons mentioned are the things many people are wondering.

      I appreciate you shared these things. I have been rejected in some agencies while applying different jobs but I persevered and I see some reasons stated in your hub here.

      Thanks. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, after awhile rejection doesn't sting as badly. The first couple rejections I got almost soured me forever....now it's like "okay, time to do more work. " Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This is a great pep talk. Rejection hurts, but we can't give up! I love the quote "Rejection is not fatal". :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, your story is a good one to tell other writers. Rejection is a way of life in our business and we must be able to handle it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I have been writing for newspaper since 2001, and I still get rejections.

      I have submitted my short stories to the magazines and journals, I have more rejection letters than the acceptance latter.

      In my writing career, I have learned how to cope with rejections.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, those are the best rejection letter that there are....keep submitting my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, I actually got some very good rejection letters. I had been told to submit again in the future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Arun! I don't let that stop me...I send an email politely asking why I was rejected and also asking for suggestions on how I can do a better job. I want the publisher to know that I am serious about this and that I want to improve....a little networking if you will. :)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Years back we used to receive rejection slips attached to the article returned. Now when we send in any piece of writing for publication we are told that if it is not published within say a month we may presume that it has been rejected. The cause of such rejection is never divulged.

      Thanks for the advice and encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit, vkwok! You are appreciated.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That is so right.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I love your comment...keep improving and keep submitting....never give up your passion. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, don't you love it....WA....only Joe could have come up with that.

      Regular meetings daily at the House of Bill....no dues are required. :)

      Have a great weekend Mary!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I love your bird analogy...I would expect nothing less from you. :) Pick it up, mend its wings, and turn it loose again. I love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, thanks for visiting the blog....I'm so happy others find value in my hubs. Thank you very much my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it can definitely affect self-esteem.....that's why we have to find the positives in rejection.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cherry, good morning once again. You said it all perfectly my friend. Keep that passion and keep improving...good things will happen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! Good luck with your writing and have a great weekend.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      When I first started writing i had many rejections and finally my results have tremendously improved. Good explanations and helpful ideas too

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I can't join the group (WA) yet because I haven't submitted anything! I know, its time. I swear soon I will actually find time and submit something and see what happens. Rejection doesn't scare me, bring it on! We face rejection throughout our lives and as you've said it only makes us stronger. Keep these great lessons coming. Have a great weekend my friend.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, it is very hard to have something that is your 'baby' be stomped on by a rejection. However, like you say, it seems imperative to detach yourself from whatever piece you have poured your heart and soul into. Writing is after all something that has to be sent out there to fly on its own or fall to the ground. If it flies, hooray; if it falls, pick it up and help it to learn to fly better. Sorry, I'm just a bird lover at heart! LOL

      Your suggestions and helpful ideas are so important for all of us struggling to survive the writing world. Bravo, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up Across the Board

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a wonderful shot in the arm for those of us who have tried and been rejected as well as for those who need a push to submit something.

      I left a comment on your 'Artistry with Words' so I won't repeat myself here.

      I'm printing this hub off even as I type. I'm going to use is as a bookmark in my copy or 'Writers' and Artists' Handbook. Then I will always know where it is when I need a pep talk.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great tips on how to cope. It's the bane of all writers! And can really affect self-esteem. Thanks for this!

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      KABILIGI Clement 4 years ago from Kigali-Rwanda

      Great article Billy. like in anything, nothing will like as smooth as we wish it could be. unless you drive your car only on highways, you will always have to hit crosses, humps and other things. I think whether or not your work is not considered, even though i am not good in writing and i'm just new and passionate, but i know the rejection will leave you with your work and a chance to improve it and try again, even elsewhere. so we need patience and diligence to drive our everything. thanks

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've given good advice and great encouragement, as always, Bill. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, my favorite part of this comment is right at the end...keep fighting the good fight of faith. Spoken by one who knows and lives her talk.

      Thank you dear lady.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, your comments are some of the most entertaining and insightful that I see all week. I love it....WA....what a powerful group we are. One day at a time....one word at a time....slaying the demons and moving forward. This is a classic, Joe, and I think we'll be each other's sponsor...that works better for me. :)

      Have a wonderful evening my friend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      I am sorry to inform you but I seriously do not want to hear this reality, so I am rejecting your hub!!! KIDDING . . . I love it, as rejection is part of life. I did answer the poll, although I have never submitted a writing to be rejected, but as we live through this life, we experience rejections of all kinds, and we move on.

      Throughout history some of the best writers ever, works have been rejected over and over, just as the best inventors, just as the most famous artists, and what did they all do . . . kept on writing, inventing and painting, just as you have stated here.

      Just because one has been rejected, does not mean one is a failure by any stretch of the imagination!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Keep fighting that good fight of faith.

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My best to you as well, Beata!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I like your mature and positive perception of rejection slips, Bill. We're alone in our moments of opening up the returned SASE's from publishers; we're alone in receiving the often impersonal rejection slips; and we're certainly alone when we slump into a chair, wondering whether to spend another few bucks on postage sending a manuscript off to yet another editor, the inspirational thought of Sylvester Stallone's multiple rejections of "Rocky" becoming less of a motivation with every passing rejection. What I like about this hub is that you take the sting out of rejections by reminding us aspiring writers that this process is universal to writers at every conceivable level of this profession. Bill, I think I just figured something out. This is really one big AA meeting for writers--a WA, if you will, and how cool that those call letters represent our Evergreen State as well. Man, I love it when these serendipitous moments occur. Writing--and rejections--should have a bit of serendipity to lighten up an otherwise lonely profession. We may write in solitude, but we're in this together, my friend, till the wheels of the Studebaker fall off. Thank you, Bill, for "sponsoring" me. See you at the next meeting! Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Yes, billybuc, we are on the same page like in many things:) All the best:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beata, I agree and I am in much the same situation. I make money from writing, but this is a labor of love for me. I don't compromise my principles and I don't change my writing to please the SEO gods.....writing should be enjoyed; otherwise there is very little reason to do it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      point2make, thank you! I admit, the first couple rejection letters knocked me back a few steps and had me questioning my writing abilities. Now they simply stoke my inner fire to write better and submit more. :)

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Like with everything, every mistake is a learning experience, I have learnt from my rejections to just enjoy creative writing as my favourite past time activity without stress and hassle to please someone out there under strict business guidelines to make money and sell. Art and money not always match and I enjoy writing now much, much more...it is a gift from heaven from me, I can rely on three other jobs to support myself so I am lucky in a way to have a choice:)

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      point2make 4 years ago

      Great hub....great information and great advice. Thanks Bill for helping. I had a difficult time dealing with those letters in the beginning but I learned to keeping going. The first rejection letters can really hurt but, in time, you come to see them as an "opportunity". They will help you learn and grow as a writer if you accept them for what they are....a rejection of your article and not you!

      I enjoyed your hub Bill thanks for the encouragement

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it is a way of life, and the sooner a writer realize it and adjust to it the better. When I'm on a roll and sending out query letters, I may hear back from one in ten....that's not a great batting average, but it's better than zero for ten. LOL

      Thanks my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, you just hit on the key ingredient here at HP....the support from this community is crucial for writers who face rejections in their other writings. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Melissa! Those rejection letters were a last-minute decision. I thought there might be some out there who had never seen one. I'm glad that I made the right decision.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, what a great comment and a valuable lesson for many. I was hired to do a blog for some war-monger group who wanted me to write articles that would strike fear in Americans.....I kid you not. I didn't know what they were after when they hired me, but it took no time at all to turn down their gig. I'm a writer with principles, and I'm proud of that fact...and you should be too.

      Thanks my friend. It is always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. You certainly need thick skin to survive in this business. It's a lot easier for me to dismiss rejection with my writing as I don't rely on it to make a living. I really like your approach to dealing with it and finding the positive in someone saying "no" to you. I'm sure I'll be referring back to this one often in the years to come :)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Rejection letters can dent confidence, and that is why a community like Hubpages is important for a writer...with the support and encouragement other members ( such as yourself Bill) offer...Great hub:-))

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I love to read all your articles and blogs about writing and I would most certainly vote in your poll, but I have yet to get any rejections (or acceptances for that matter). I think I will throw a celebration party when I get my first rejection letter because that will mean that I've finally written and submitted something! I love the fact that you shared a couple rejection letters, I really was curious what they look like. Thanks for your always inspiring writing!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Rejection is part of life that there is no avoiding if one wishes to go out on a limb and be different enough to be interesting. While I can't honestly say it doesn't bother me, I can say the two most recent led me to really examine the ethical dilemmas involved in writing for someone else to put their name on. Ultimately, I can only say I shot myself in the foot.

      In both cases they wanted only minor revisions as far as wording that I could have pulled off in a few seconds. I decided not to and took the rejection knowing that would be the end result for both. Both were about CISPA and both rejected because I would not reword it in such a way as to be more "friendly" to service providers. I could have easily, but it would not have been totally honest. Yea, it cost me some time and a few bucks.

      I think in the long run, I learned a valuable lesson which is to be more selective in who I book. Some of the stuff I write, especially in relation to politics and social conditions may never be PC enough to be sold. That's OK. I like putting it here and I can still write funky how to things to make some cash.

      I think you hit on something really important here. If one can't deal with the pain of rejection, writing won't work. For me, it also raised the question of what I am and what I am not willing to do for acceptance.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, that happens quite often in this business. I'm sorry it happened to you, but I love that you still write. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, I love your outlook on it all and you are absolutely correct. We are, in fact, selling ourselves and selling our writing, and not everyone is going to want what we are selling. Nicely stated my friend; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you can have a rejection party and get properly soused in celebration. LOL Might as well use them to motivate since they are assured once we submit something.

      Thank you as always and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jim! I agree, the comments are excellent on this hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Bill, most writers have to mature into accepting rejections. They have to learn that it is part of the business. One editor liked my manuscript and asked me to redo it downplaying one theme and emphasizing another. I was sure it would be published. Then the editor changed on me. The new one kept it for a year. . . and nothing! I still write. Thanks again for being the encourager you are.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bill, as ever, you hit the nail on the head. I'm not vying for publication, but my stint in selling & teaching others to sell taught me that rejection is not only part of the system, but a measurement of it! No matter what one is doing, if it entails motivating someone to accept one's offer of stuff or ideas, it is a form of selling. . . even getting the kid to wear his galoshes!

      If one must get 5 'no' answers to get one 'yes', then each of the 5 is a step toward a yes! It's statistical! Even if one is not very good, one out of 10 positive results is statistically supported! And in each experience, one is improving! We may not even need to turn the negatives to positives! We can just keep on keeping on, benefitting as we progress! :-)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Bill, you've got me all worked up and looking forward to my first rejection. I love the idea of using rejection letters to help motivate, it is so easy to get disheartened by rejection. I haven't submitted anything as yet, but I'm dreading that first rejection.

      You are right of course; we have to turn the negative to a positive and learn from it. Incidentally; what idiot rejected 'to kill a mockingbird' :). Another excellent and motivating article, well done.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      All true and so very well put too! Great comments here as well, from a variety of writers, all of whom have probably suffered rejection.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie! It's the cold, hard truth, and anyone who wants to be a writer had best get used to it. :)

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      In the world of writers endurance (while growing) is the keyword. So true: "Writers at the early stage of their careers receive rejections and writers who have been doing this for thirty years receive rejections." And you've explained the reasons perfectly. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, you have out done yourself, and I didn't think that was possible. You, not a writer....your comments alone put you in the Comedy Hall of Fame.

      As for Suzie's care package....I admit to being a bit nervous about trying her concoctions. She has a rather wicked sense of humor and how do I know I can really trust her. She has that sweet Irish lass smile on her face, but I've dated Irish lasses before and a worse ass kicking I have never received. MJ, you are one strong man to live under the threat of an ass kicking day in and day out. Bravo my friend!

      I must run now. Bev is calling me and demanding a foot massage....sans sander. LOL

      Thanks buddy! My best to you and Suzie.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alexadry, there is not figuring....it's the nature of the business and we learn to roll with it....but we never give up. :)

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Ouch..rejections. I have had several. Many I learn from them, others leave me upset and frustrated, especially when the editor isn't clear on explaining why the reject happened in the first place or there's a misunderstanding. Some rejected articles coming from nit picky editors, I post here. Recently, one of my previously rejected articles appeared on a popular dog magazine, which makes me think that what some editor doesn't like another editor treasures, go figure!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So here we are again with you trying to teach. I thought you'd given up this croc and begun a career in writing.

      As one of my Hero's said "A man's gotta know his limitations" or was that "A man's gotta know that his Magnum 44 is full of bullets before he pulls the trigger". As you can see the two quotes are so similar anyone could make a mistake.

      I think you have too much stress in your life Sir Bill so I'm getting Suzie to put a box of her ointments together for you. Now remember there are some that you can't drink and some that you can't rub on certain places. You know the bits, them ones around the equator or maybe in your case and at your time of life that may be a little farther South than you remember. You have been warned and any lawsuits will be dealt with by Coco. I'm sharpening her teeth with the grinder as we speak.

      Now let's get on as I know you're very busy and since you're not keen on a foot massage from me, though I bought new sanding discs, I'll turn off the generator.

      So it takes 30 years to become a writer, boy I'm glad I'm not on that train but considering that everything I've produced to date has been rejected I must be a natural.

      You papered the den with documents, boy that's sad and I've loads of teddy bear wallpaper in the shed. I must send you some and of course a how to wallpaper hub. I'll even throw in a hammer to flatten the bumps when the glue dries.

      So if I've got this right I shouldn't be put off by the rejection letters but suck it up and try again.

      So what do you think I should do regarding my latest rejection letter which read:

      Dear Sir, aka the worst writer we have ever seen,

      You're writing attempts are so below the required standard that you have invented a whole new standard altogether.

      Are you sure that the English language is your native tongue as we are convinced that gibberish is more your speed.

      Are you sure that planet earth is your home as we think that you are related to ET.

      Are you sure that your writing attempts were serious as we find drawing comparisons between great literary works and freeway graffiti are the thoughts of someone surely demented.

      Finally we would be more than happy, over the moon, prepared to donate a year's salary to charity if you would be so kind as to never and that means forever or until the end of time as normal mortals would know it, submit anything, not even a single letter or character ever again.

      PS. Thank you so much for taking an interest in our site and if we could be so bold as to offer you some direction for you career, have you thought of becoming a TREKKY.

      As always it's been a pleasure Bill. Hold on Suzie is calling saying something about a plane ticket to the US and ten gallons of engine oil. I've no idea what she is on about, LOL.

      MJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thanks for confirming what I was trying to say....I have a not to check out John Kremer....soon I hope.

      You are great...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, thank you for that. Rejections tell us that we aren't the greatest and never will be. It's a way to get our egos back to normal size and spur us on to work harder. Writing without rejection just does not happen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Lizzy, you can call me anything but just don't call me Johnson.

      Old joke...sorry! :)

      Seriously, I love that picture. I have the feeling you are going to be seeing it many times in the future. Get used to it, Babe!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we are all a bit miffed when any article we write is rejected. Seriously, it's the nature of the business...the sooner we learn that fact the sooner we will find serenity. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool, Karen. I look forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, the time will come eventually. You are in a tough situation. Of course, you spend a great amount of time blogging, so there goes whatever free time you might have. :) Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you crack me up. Tell your buddies to go kick a can and leave you alone. You are doing fine without their help, or lack thereof.

      Thanks buddy!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The important thing to me is not to fall in love with your work and especially the title. I have told this story more than once. The title on my last book was instrumental in the lack of success. It is worth it to pay an expert before you submit your work...on the title... John Kremer of Book Market.com charges a small fee to assist with the title. To me he is the magician in marketing your book...no money for me here. Your rejection letter was great..I once got one similar but it didn't work...How nice to know they really liked your work..And I also have the Writers Market....Great resource.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Because I've been in sales for so long, I don't get all bent out of shape when a client rejects my proposal (whether for writing or anything else). Writers need to realize they're in sales! Tough, but true. No one sale or writing assignment makes a career.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I love how you use that top photo to fit into any context. One day, you're enjoying the simple life and the next you're dealing with rejection. LOL It's great.

      Sharing your rejection letters is a great idea. I think it's motivating to see how even someone like the talented and internet-famous billybuc faces rejection now and then. It's good to see that rolling with the punches and learning from the perceived negatives pays off. Great job, Babe! Oh yeah, I'm calling you Babe now.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I haven't submitted any of my articles to publishers yet but I have had a couple of my SEO articles rejected simply because the client "didn't like it". It hurt, but at the time I was earning $3/500 words, so it wasn't catastrophic to my ego. Of course, I'm sure the client had no idea that MY client wasn't the one writing the articles, but se la vie!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Okay Bill. I will certainly let you know!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I also haven't truly sent out anything quite yet for rejection, so can't vote either, but you give some great insight to why you may be rejected as a writer and how to deal and overcome it. Thank you so much Bill for sharing and will try to keep this fresh in my mind when I do come to this point. Thanks again and have voted and shared, as always, too!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is a great article about life. I do not yet do that kind of writing, I am saving that for when I get as old as you ;-) But I write and submit something everyday and it is probably 1 in 10 that gets used without major editing. I have a couple of very harsh good buddies who like me to send them work, they have no interest in, just so they can tear it to shreds with those danged red pencils. I say we should ban all automatic red pencils.

      Really liked this one Bill but I wish I had it in word so I could use the red editing tool and strike something out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, that's exactly the point. You will never know unless you try....I understand the fear of rejection but I sure don't let it stop me. Good luck, Karen, and I want to hear all about it when you get published.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Loved this one. I can't vote in your poll yet because I haven't sent anything out to be rejected. I'm still getting up the nerve to do that! Once I do, I will have to come back and vote. I hadn't known that about Harper Lee. I love the idea of saving all your rejections. Ha ha...even looking forward to it because at least it will mean I am trying to get my work published! Voted up and useful.