READING: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare
LISTENING: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
I’m a little over a week away from my first book coming out and I’m still receiving rejection letters from publishers I submitted to last year.
Why do I feel let down with each letter? Why do they have the power to affect me? Soul Mate Publishing liked my book. It’s definitely the best book I’ve written. It’s even awesome-er (yes, that is a word. I am an author, so I know these things.) since it past through my editor, Cheryl’s, hands.
I had to remind myself that these recent rejections are not Fate’s way of telling me that I suck and everyone will hate my book. It’s just part of the writing process. Many famous authors received rejections before getting signed or self-publishing their novel.
- Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird
- Kathryn Sockett for The Help
- Lucy Maud Montgomery for Anne of Green Gables
- Beatrix Potter for The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- John Grisham for A Time to Kill
- Stephen King for Carrie
Stephanie Bond wrote a hilarious response to the numerous rejection letters she received.
Now I’m riding high on the euphoria of selling my first book, Irresistible?, to Harlequin’s Love & Laughter series. But only a few months ago, I was so frustrated after a series of rejections, I sat down to pen my revenge. The following letter was never mailed, but the pleasure of typing it up was keen. I hope other writers can relate to this satirical response to every rejection I ever received:
I received your rejection letter yesterday. The letter was very interesting, and free of typographical errors. However, after careful consideration, I have decided your offer of refusal does not meet my writing needs at this time. Therefore, I regret to inform you I must reject your rejection.
Since I receive such a large volume of rejections, it’s impossible for me to comment on each one at length. I can say, however, that there are certain elements of your rejection which simply won’t work. For instance, you said the fact that my hero is a writer would be unappealing to readers. For your convenience, I have enclosed a list of twenty-two books your company published last year in which the hero was a writer. Also you made the comment I didn’t drop enough clues for the reader to expect the twist ending. I contend that is the precise reason it is referred to as a ‘twist ending’.
I wish I had better news for you. Unfortunately, in this highly competitive market, I have to be very selective about which rejections I can accept. If you would like to use my comments to modify your rejection letter, I’d be glad to review it again. Otherwise, I wish you much luck in placing your rejection elsewhere.
Reject Your Rejections by Stephanie Bond. March 1996. Article first appeared in The Galley, a publication of Georgia Romance Writers. Article found on author’s website, http://www.stephaniebondauthor.com/
So I, too, reject your rejection, publishers! It’s too little too late. You no longer have the power to make me feel bad. I am writer, hear me say soon to be published, baby!