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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
After the Rejection Slip
Published writers get rejected. Rejection slips are part of the game, and eventually you'll get used to it. However, the rejections slips won't stop hurting.
It doesn't matter what you do the day you get a rejection slip. Cry. Swear. Get drunk. It doesn't matter. However, what you do the next day does matter.
Within 24 hours of getting that rejection slip, mail your manuscript to another outlet. Regardless of how you feel, write the cover letter, lick the stamp and get the package in the mail. That small act of courage removes your manuscript from your "rejected" pile to your "submitted" pile.
You may be tempted to rewrite your rejected manuscript. Go ahead, rewrite it. But do your rewrite while another publisher is evaluating the original manuscript. Who knows, you may get an acceptance before you complete your revision. Now that's a good problem to have.
My first love was reading, and my second love was writing. Deciding how to string words together fascinates me.
My interests and pursuits are wide ranging. I'm a self-employed educational entrepreneur and book packager. During my career I have worked as a consultant, professor, business owner, author and ghostwriter.