It’s an undisputed fact for a writer that that if you submit your work, you are going to get rejected. Some of the rejections are kind and some are not.
Rachel Zurakowski from Books and Such blog suggests the following:
When we receive positive rejections for our books it shows that the publishing industry is in a risk-averse period. Publishing a book is always risky, and usually the biggest risks are the ones that either pay off the most or flop the most. At this point, publishers aren’t taking those bigger risks. They want to publish the books that will do well, maybe not great, but books that are almost guaranteed to make money for the company. These books come from authors they’ve published before or from ideas the publishing house specifically asks authors to write. There’s still hope for debut projects, but it’s much harder to get them out there at a time like this.
It’s hard to remember when you are holding that rejection in your hand that publishing is a business and as such they will be more cautious in unsteady economic times. The reality is that all writers get rejected, the difference between an unpublished author and published author is how you deal with rejection.
The Bubble Cow website offers these three principles to help you turn your rejection into success:
1. Rejection is part of the process
We all know this deep down, but at times it is hard to rationalise, but rejection IS part of the process. Finding a book deal is all about finding the publisher that is right for your book. Unfortunately, us lowly writers are rarely aware of the internal thinking that is taking place behind those publishing doors. We are unaware of the trends and directions that the publishers are pursuing, and this means that submitting a book becomes a hit-and-miss affair. Instead it is all about your book landing on the right desk at the right time. So, rejection is inevitable as you have no choice, but to blindly send out your manuscript and keep your fingers crossed that the publisher is receptive to your ideas.
2. Rejection is NOT a reflection on your writing
Publishers are often looking for very specific types of manuscripts, therefore rejection is often not a reflection on your writing. There are many factors that go into a publisher saying no! A manuscript needs to fit snugly into their publishing operation. If your book’s genre is slightly off, or they feel they don’t have the marketing expertise or distribution network, then your book will be rejected. It could be the best piece of writing they have ever read, but it will still be rejected.
3. Rejection IS a reflection on your writing
The reality is that you can make as many excuses as you wish for rejection, but the simple answerMAY be that your submission is not good enough. Notice I say submission. A book pitch is far more than a synopsis and extract. Yes, it may be that your writing is not of the standard required, but it may also be that your cover letter failed to clearly pitch your book – defining the genre, market, readership and your biography.
The key to coping with rejection is how you react. Before you decide that you will never get published ask yourself the following questions:
- 1. Was your cover letter and synopsis up to scratch?
- 2. Was your extract/manuscript well written?
- 3. Are you pitching to the correct publisher/agent?
- 4. Is the timing just wrong?
I am getting ready to send out a new round of manuscripts and with this I expect to receive a few rejections, but I will continue to submit hoping that I have found the right publishing house and that the timing is right. The important thing is that I won’t give up, I’ll just keep in mind that it is part of the process.
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