Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Things not to do when you get rejected...

Writers get rejected, it's just a fact.  {unless you self-publish of course.  It would be a little sad if you rejected yourself.}  It is hard, don't get me wrong, but all part of the process.  I mean, even Harry Potter was passed over a few times.

Now, I don't claim to be a writing expert, but I am beginning to get a firm grasp on rejection.  So I thought I'd share with you a few of my tips of what NOT to do when you get rejected.



{one} Drown your sorrows in chocolate.  Eating a handful of M&Ms or a brownie may seem like a good idea at the time.  But then you'll gain 5 lbs in a month....not that I know anything about that.

{two} Fire off a nasty email to the person that rejected you.  From what I hear, the publishing world is a lot smaller than you think and that will probably come back to bite you.  Also, they definitely won't want to publish your work then.  Instead, I send off a nice thank you to them for taking the time to read my work.  I'm hoping that pays off somewhere down the line.

{three} Buy something for yourself to ease the pain.  Unless you're one of the lucky few who can skate by with one rejection before landing an agent {and if you are, give me tips} you're going to face a decent amount of rejection.  No reason to go into debt because of it.  Take a deep breath, and move on.

{four} Blast the person on social media.  This goes back to #2.  You want to deal with the whole process as professional as possible.

{five} Burn your book.  This would probably make a big mess {and light your house on fire if you're not careful} Plus, you'll probably regret it in the morning.

{six} Cry, scream, wallow.  Okay, it's fine if you want to do these things at first, but eventually you need to move forward and on to the next agent.

{seven} Give up.  There are thousands of agents out there.  It will only take one to fall in love with your story...it just might take some time to find that person.  This is definitely something I struggle with, but I love my book so much I refuse to give up on it!

What are your tips for how not to deal with rejection?