Be Thankful for Helpful Rejection Letters!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Can it really be that many months since I "finished" my novel? Finish is in quotes because we all know that a novel is never finished until the editor signs off and sends it to print. I thought I was until an agent said otherwise and kindly - no, that's not the word, bluntly is more like it - turned it down. But, lucky for me, within the body of that, "no thanks," were several clear, concise suggestions for a rewrite.

The rewrite has begun and as I re-read that detailed rejection letter, I can only think how grateful I am for agents who take the time to make constructive suggestions, even when they plan to say, "no."

Tell me about a rejection that movitated and helped you.


KarenG said...

My favorite rejection was a handwritten note on a form rejection postcard that said "Submit to us again." That one kept me going for a long time.

Mary said...

My favorite rejection came from a news director when I was applying for my first on-air TV job. I had applied for nearly a hundred jobs. He wrote simply.
"Have courage..."

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Hi! I’m Sandra Warren, a writer with very eclectic writing tastes. I’ve been fortunate to have publications in multiple genres including children’s, gifted education, parenting, how to, poetry, journal, educational activity guides and biography as well as audio and video production. I'm a city gal recently transplanted to the mountains of NC where glorious mountain vistas inspire latest renderings.

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