Rejection. Every writer has faced it. But what does it REALLY mean?
Well I’m glad you asked. I’m here to share my experience.
Rejection doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer, or your story sucks. It means anything but that.
Reason #1: The Agent could be having a bad day and your query letter arrived at a bad time.
Explanation: It happens some letters arrive to add to an ever-growing slush pile and the agent’s assistant must filter out incoming mail. Most of the time, the person rejecting the writer isn’t even the agent, but the agent’s assistant.
Reason #2: You did not follow the agency’s submission guidelines.
Explanation: It happens, but when you don’t enclose a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) or submit a query letter on pink paper with dancing bunnies, rejection is a given with agents. Your best bet to is follow the agency’s submission guidelines.
Reason #3: Your writing isn’t bad, but it didn’t measure up to the agent’s standards.
Explanation: The best remedy for this is to keep writing. Every writer must grow and face adversity before he/she arrives at a point when their writing shines. Until then, buy writing books, join writers groups at meetup.com. Do anything that can take your writing to the next level. I know you can do it.
The truth is, in this day and age of Independent publishing, you really don’t need a literary agent or an agency to validate your writing. And every writer has read endless stories about how some of the greatest books in history were rejected countless times.
Agents are human, they make mistakes. They’re also people with very little time, so they have to pick and choose the best submissions. Even though my personal experiences with literary agents wasn’t the best, I can understand where they’re coming from. Some of them at least.
So there you have it. Now you know the truth behind rejection. It’s only bad if you make it bad. And if that Five-star agent rejected your latest Novel it’s not the end of the world. Don’t waste your time sulking. Move on. Besides, why should you get upset if your writing wasn’t liked by someone? Would you really want that type of person to represent you? Go for a walk or a workout, and burn off that frustration.
Talk to your writing group, or better yet, turn that frustration into good old fashion writing time.
You’ll be glad you did.
See you next time, my writing friends.