Do you want to be cool with rejection too? Then follow my three easy steps towards “Easy Rejection Taken Easily”:
1 - Find a publisher who will say encouraging things upon rejecting you. Mine actually said that he liked my writing, and wanted to see my next effort. But you don’t need a literal nice response to find encouragement.
For example, if they say: “You work is a piece of crap” interpret it as “You work is a fertilizer, fueling creativity and affirming life in all who read it.” It’s all between the lines.
2 – Put the turn down in historical context, reminding yourself of all the successful authors that have faced rejection. If you can’t think of any, make some up.
For me, I just reminded myself that the publishing house that turned me down was the same one that originally published “Robinson Crusoe.”
Now my memory of Daniel Dafoe’s literary career is a little shaky, but I am pretty sure that his publisher previously rejected two of his earlier novels:
“Robinson David Caruso” about a man that quits a successful television series only to be stranded on a deserted film career, but then finds his way home again; and
“Robinson Clouseau” about a bumbling explorer that gets stranded on an island while searching for a legendary diamond, and is bitten by a dog that isn’t owned by a man whose dog doesn’t bite.
See, I feel better already.
3 – On the same day you get your rejection notice, get a letter from another publisher announcing that a different project is being picked up by them.
In my case, the same day I got my novel rejection, Lillenas Publishing notified me that they will be including a sketch I wrote in a book coming out this fall.
No to the novel, yes to a sketch. I can live with that for now.
Just my thoughts,