A to Z Blogging Challenge: "R" is for Rejection
Writing Exercise: Write about how you feel when your submission gets rejected. Share in the Comments Section.
My response to rejection:
As you know, I'm still riding high from getting my first story published, but I have had several submissions get rejected (or rather never heard a peep back). It hasn't bothered me that much because I am mostly writing for the joy and challenge of it. I am always busy working on a new project, so I don't sit around waiting for a rejection. Now, having said that, I am working on a book that someday I DO want published. Ask me then, how I am dealing with rejection! :0)
But, be encouraged! Most authors deal with rejection. Rejection: 3 Methods for Coping offers some good advice. It also lists some authors who were rejected.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 14 rejections
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle – 29 rejections
Carrie by Stephen King – over 30 rejections
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – 38 rejections
A Time to Kill by John Grisham – 45 rejections
Louis L’Amour, author of over 100 western novels – over 300 rejections before publishing his first book
Ray Bradbury, author of over 100 science fiction novels and stories – around 800 rejections before selling his first story
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – rejected so universally the author decided to self-publish the book
So, don't give up! Can you imagine if these authors had?