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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Rejecting Rejection

My resolve for 2012 was to get a lot more written and a lot more sent out. By the 5th January I'd already received two rejections and my resolve was severely shaken. In fact, this is the first bit of 'proper' writing I've done since. There's been a definite cloud of 'what's the point?' floating around over me since those 'thanks but no thanks' came in. One was something I'd really been looking forward to getting involved with and the other was an article of which the editor had pretty much said yes if I could send on some images from the local tourist board, which I duly did. So to have both these bounce back at me within days of each other, well, I was pretty fed up.

I know everyone goes through this and what we're all supposed to do. Send it right back out. And I do try and stick with that but sometimes it's just hard. Sometimes you start to think that maybe it is you and not them.

So, I gave it a break for a bit. Then today, I went out, looked around for another title to which I could submit said article and I've just sent it off. So, wish me luck and hopefully I'll have better luck this time. If not, then I'll just have to find somewhere else.

If you have any great tips for coping with rejection, I'd love to hear!


  1. Good luck with the sub.

    My suggestion is to get lots of stuff 'out there' then if one piece is rejected there are still plenty of chances for better news.

  2. Good luck with the rest of your submissions this year.

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  3. I agree with Patsy get loads of things out there and if you get rejections just read them then file and send out something else. Don't dwell on them.

  4. Hi,
    I agree completely with what the others say. A writer's life is full of rejections and disappointments of all kinds - and this goes on, even when you start to be published. They always hurt, but you somehow have to ignore them. Just regard them as part of the process, of the way the system works.

    The lucky moments are few - make the most of them when they come, but meanwhile just keep on writing - that's what makes you a writer.


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