We all know how difficult it is to receive the rejection letter:
Not quite ready yet, but keep trying.
Don’t quit the day job.
I didn’t feel this was quite ready yet for submission.
Is English your fifth language?!?!?!?!?
Maybe consider taking up speed skating, anything but writing.
With a little effort, you can take this novel to the next level. Never give up. Join writing organizations, take some more classes, rewrite and rewrite some more. Don’t quit!
You get what I’m saying? Hopefully, you didn’t receive a couple of those. But what did you learn from the kindest of those rejections? Were you thankful?
Thankful? Are you kidding? The agent/editor said NO!
I remember when I started submitting. It was all done via the post office. And it was
E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E! Getting back my own cover letter with, “No thanks, not for us.” didn’t tell me a doggone thing. If they had scribbled, “You’re almost there. Never quit. Take a few classes and start again. You can do this!” I would have been ecstatic. And did anyone do that? Yes. Those were the comments that kept me going the 17 years before my first novella was published.
We can always find something to be grateful for.
The next time you receive a rejection, give a big shout out and thank you. Perhaps the time is simply not right for you yet. Or it could be just around the corner. Be grateful you aren’t being led down the wrong road with someone leading you on with compliments when the time is just not right. There ARE unscrupulous folks who take advantage of new authors. Don’t be one of those.
So in this season of thanksgiving, remember that all things work together for your good if you give it the time.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful friends!