A word most writers are intimately familiar with, a word filled with negative connotations. Merriam-Webster defines rejection as “the action of rejecting: the state of being rejected.” Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? In the midst of rejection, it’s difficult to find something positive, but I assure you, there is an upside.

We learn from rejection: You’ve just received an email rejection form an editor, and you’re feeling down about it. That’s fine. That’s normal even, so don’t discount your feelings. Give it a day or two, then go back to that letter. Did the editor make it personal? Did they explain why it was rejected? If yes, then you’ve just been given a gift! They thought enough about your manuscript to take time and give you feedback. Take that knowledge and apply it.

But what about the form rejection letter? Click here to read the rest of this encouraging piece.

Nancy and Kelly


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