Managing rejection

I’m taking the plunge and putting some work out there. Publishing is the goal for me.  I’m looking for a nibble from either an agent or a publisher. I’d be happy with either, as the immediate aim is to move my work up to the next level. Let’s face facts: writers write, but authors publish.

In order to improve my chances, I recently attended a ‘how to pitch’ workshop with Writers Victoria (a really useful day!). I’ve also been reading any and all, articles and blogs from publishers, agents and other writers to glean what I can from their experiences.

As part of the process I have:

  • rewritten my pitch
  • prepared a nifty synopsis
  • updated my author bio
  • double checked my manuscript to make sure that it is at submission standard
  • made a list of places to apply to
  • checked their websites to determine what their individual requirements are
  • found out to whom to address my inquiry (check websites, annual reports and more importantly look at the ‘acknowledgement’ sections in similar books, you’ll find the publishing team members included)
  • drafted a cover letter/email
  • sent off three inquiries

Results so far: Two rejections. One outstanding. Sounds like a downer. But these have been different from previous rejections. Instead of standardised emails (or nothing at all), I’m receiving personalised ones – including one with actual advice (really!).

What next?

  • Keep checking and re-checking my application materials
  • Apply to another set of businesses
  • Remember that the rejection is not a rejection of my writing (I have enough independent feedback now to know that my writing is of industry standard)
  • Monitor the feedback – it may be a case of industry folk not being able to sell my work, at this point in time
  • Don’t give up!

One thought on “Managing rejection

  1. Sarah Key says:

    Hi Sarah,
    This writing business is not for sissies! Some of the most successful people I am linked in with at the moment are self published. Their writing is seriously good but they have the freedom to control all aspects of their marketing and sales. In my experience there is not much support in these arenas by publishing houses in this day and age. I wish you loads of luck
    Love Sarah


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