I fucking hate being/feeling rejected. I sucks, right? I think that is something we can all agree on. I am dead sure there is no one out there going “WTF are you talking about. I fucking LOOOOOVE being rejected.”
I know that you have all read it before. “Don’t be discouraged because JK Rowling was rejected, like, sixteen times before someone picked up HP”
Waaah waaah, right?
Yeah, it does make me feel a little better that some idiot rejected JKR… but it doesn’t make me ACTUALLY feel better. I still feel like a fucking failure and it makes me feel like I never want to pick up a pen ever again…
But we all have to. You know that. I know that. We are WRITERS. If you are reading this it is because you are at that end point. You have written a WHOLE novel (or short) and you want to publish.
If I were to get published today and some snooty journo interviewed me I would not be able to give them a figure on how many rejections I have had. Maybe my work is shit..? Maybe it is getting harder and harder to get something into an agent. I don’t know.
I LOVE the idea of trad. publishing. I’m a little afraid to admit it. I want to be proud to be an indie author but you know what, I wanted that deal.
But now, I’m thinking fuck the deal.
Or not fuck the deal.
Either way, just keep on going… Keep submitting. Keep pluggin away.
I recently went through a tragic rejection… this was as big as rejections could go. And I spent the days after eating nothing but cookie dough ice cream. I was kind of a mess…
But it hasn’t stopped me. There is only one way to get over rejection. It sucks, but it is the only way. Keep on writing and keep on submitting.
Or if you are absolutely positive that your story is awesome and Agents and Publishers just don’t get it, then self publish.
I probably haven’t given you any jewels of knowledge here, but please don’t give up.
If you are out there in the void, please don’t give up on your writing.