I know a lot of you have already posted about rejection but I wanted to add my 2 cents worth. Although with the dollar falling it may be more like 1.7220 cents worth.
I must give a disclaimer that I have never had a rejection... YET. However I WANT one badly. A lot of writers feel very personal about rejections. They call them "heart-ripping-soul-sucking" letters of hate.
Do you really? I can understand if the agent/publisher is not professional and rips into you personally but I hope most will be interpreting my writing skills.
My thoughy on rejection is this:
I CAN"T WAIT!!
If someone is sending me a rejection letter then I have finished my book. If someone is sending me a rejection letter then someone other than family and friends is actually reading my work. I can learn from someone NOT required to think about my feelings. A rejection letter will happen. I've heard of writers receiving hundreds of rejection letters but still crank out book after book.
It's just part of a writer's life. Wear them as badges of battle. For me a rejection letter solidifies my status as writer.
At least that's how I'll feel until I get my first one. Then I may be a crying heap of self loathing covered in shame.
How do you feel about rejection? Have you received many rejection letters?
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