THE ART OF REJECTION by VALERIE LAWS
|It's not looking good for your latest submission...|
OW. It hurts. Someone, some stupid, bigoted, illiterate, stuck-up barsteward, has rejected your writing. HOW VERY DARE THEY! Quick, get onto facebook, get some lurve from fellow-writers who will understand your agony.
‘Just had a rejection from ‘Crappy Ezine’, so upset! Doubting my entire life’s work. About to set fire to my pile of typescripts. ☹’
Friends zoom in with verbal chicken soup for your infected soul. ‘Ignore them, they are jealous of your genius!’ ‘Never heard of it!’ ‘Editor probs only publishes their mates! Sod them!’ ‘I think you’re brilliant, strong, talented, you don’t need them!’ All hoping you'll not have to say the same to them.
|No fair! Wah!|
I recall a time when rejection was the norm. We all got lots of it, back in the day. There weren’t many small publishers of mags, and nobody would look at your work for anything higher if you had no track record. You had to earn it all the hard way, the equivalent to playing gigs for a man and a dog down the local pub. It was so normal, you’d not have bothered posting about it, had there been any social media. You might swear a bit on your own, and then just get on with it. However high you rise, apart from a few who are beyond it, it never really goes away, does rejection - there’s no way to reject it. Beatrix Potter self-published after 'Peter Rabbit' (her lovely drawing is below) was rejected numerous times.
|'So you got rejected again, comfort-eating won't help.'|
|'At last! My name on a book!' Bibliotheca Non Grata.|
What are you waiting for? You can see your title on a spine, of an empty book admittedly, or listed in a catalogue. Get submitting. Though – what if they reject your rejected title? Arrrgghhh! Facebook friends, share my sorrow! How very dare they!
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