No one likes rejection. I’m pretty sure you could ask every writer who’s ever written and not find a single one who would say they find rejection fun.
But there is one sure thing about rejection and writing: Rejection is part of the process. Get used to it.
I don’t say this to discourage you. Not in the slightest. But to not say it, to let you forget that rejection is a normal, natural part of the writing process, would be like not mentioning to a medical student that death is a fact of life. Medical school has curriculum revolving around death and how to deal with it.
Makes sense the writing business should prepare writers for rejection in much the same way med students are prepared for death.
Why is it important to be prepared? Because if you’re educated about rejection, what to do about it, how to deal with the feelings about it, you won’t be so freaked out when it happens. You’ll take what you can learn from each incident and move on, knowing that you are smarter and more prepared.
The only way to guarantee that you never receive a rejection is to not try. Don’t submit, don’t pitch, and don’t query. I guarantee you, 100%, that will ensure you NEVER get a writing rejection.
But what’s the fun in that?!
So in an effort to prepare you for the ins and outs of rejection, I’ve written a book…the Rejection First Aid Kit (thank you, Cathy Yardley from Rock Your Writing, for that awesome title!). The book is completely free! The only catch is that you need to sign up for The Happy Writer mailing list in order to get it. Along with this totally free 26-page e-book, being on the mailing list will get you special announcements before I announce them on the blog, the occasional contest for Happy Writer swag, and other perks to be announced at a later time.
So, get this book. Over on the sidebar is a sign-up form. You’ll never get spammed and I’ll never share your info with anyone else. That should make us all happy!
As you read the Rejection First Aid Kit, remind yourself, “Rejection is part of the game. But on the other side of rejection is an amazing book just waiting to be written by me and just the right people to buy it!”
For a bit of inspiration from outside the literary arena, check out the below quote from Michael Jordan. It’ll kind of put things in perspective when we start to feel we’ve experienced too much rejection:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games [and] 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
So, sign up on the sidebar now and get your free Rejection First Aid Kit! You won’t regret it.