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Rejection Letters are just Battle Scars

Updated on April 28, 2012

Rejection Letters are just Battle Scars

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Were it not for my sheer pigheadedness, I would have given up writing long ago. The commercial world ignores me, not because I have no talent but because of its process and the logistics of assessing manuscripts. I used to trick my submission readers by secretly sealing the manuscript to see if in fact they read it at all. Nine times out of ten they did not, and returned it unbroken with a two-line rejection letter...’doesn’t fit into our list; not what we’re looking for.’ They’re simply not looking.

It was then I realised that rejection letters meant nothing and these people who supposedly decide our fate as a writer have no idea what will sell or not and in the end are just one opinion. So when you next get a rejection letter from a publisher, don’t be deterred, even if they did read some of your work, their opinion is just opinion.

Being published mainstream is as much about luck and timing as anything else. If you want to be published, keep plugging away. If it’s meant to be it will happen regardless of the ineptitude of the failed writers who are in a position to judge and pass it on for real consideration. A sixteen year old receptionist’s persistence got J.K. Rowling published, and she hasn’t done too badly.

The answer is to keep submitting and remain optimistic; never give up. Persistence will triumph in the end and the universe will provide. When subject matter meets need and talent is recognised, commercial minds get active and start counting their potential profits. Then we poor schmucks get our lousy 10% while the publishers bleed us dry.

In the end we have to define what success means to us. Is it making money, being recognised, having fame and notoriety what you seek, or is it about the work? The seduction of financial success is overwhelming and can give us a solid boost to the ego, but is it a shallow success? For me, I crave that success and recognition, but the bottom line is still the quality of my work.

I am an artist, driven to express myself through different mediums. It is who I am and what I do. Money ultimately has nothing to do with this process. In fact I wish sometimes that I was more conscious where money is concerned; it would make my life easier. But expression remains at the forefront of my life and that can never change, for me.

Writing is my greatest love and I have accomplished a great deal over the past ten years: a publishing business, twelve books, six plays, many short stories and hundreds of poems. Expression for me is like breathing; I can’t simply stop doing it. Whether I find financial success or not, will never determine my process of writing. Success for me is writing, the doing of it. As long as I am satisfied with the quality of my work, then all is well and my universe is in perfect balance and harmony.

Success on any level can only result from the commitment and tenacity of the writer. It takes time to acquire the necessary skills and understanding that is necessary to become a well-rounded, seasoned writer. Talent is not just innate but made, accomplished by learning and abundant practice. So whatever you want from your written expression, be patient and tenacious. Always be successful first and your dreams, your quest, can be accomplished.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      My pleasure Poetic Fool. Life is about both knowledge and patience in its application. Thanks for reading

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement and the reality wake up call. While I haven't yet attempted to get anything published, I think someday I will try. Better to not go into it with rose-colored glasses. Thanks!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Appreciate your comment FaithDream. Thanks for reading

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Rejection letters or not, you are a talented writer. Great job on this one!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading QudsiaP1

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub very inspiring.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Hattie, glad you liked it.

    • HattieMattieMae profile image


      7 years ago from Europe

      Great hub! :)


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