Monday, January 31, 2011
In honor of my first rejection of the year, let's talk about Rejection.
How to avoid rejection: Write a good story, edit your work, and format correctly to guidelines.
How to prepare for rejection: Expect it. The chance of rejection is far more likely than an acceptance.
How to benefit from a rejection: A rejection is not a bad thing. Editors have a multitude of stories to go through, and it shouldn't take you by surprise when you receive one. The important thing is to benefit from it.
Different types of rejections:
The dreaded form rejection: Sadly, we regret to inform you that we are declining acceptance at this time. Good luck in placing this submission elsewhere.
You picked the wrong market rejection: Thank you for your story to our magazine, but unfortunately it isn't quite right for us. We hope that you continue trying, however, and look forward to many more submissions.
The personal rejection: Unfortunately, we must decline acceptance at this time. While the editors felt there was some nice description, the piece did not feel complete. But thanks for your interest in our magazine, and best of luck in placing your work with other markets.
The delayed outcome: Your story has moved to the next stage.
The acceptance letter: Congratulations, your story has been accepted for publication.
How to benefit: Rejection - send your story back out, unless otherwise noted by editor.
There is one other type of letter you may receive, but I do not have a sample of such letter. In some cases, the editor will ask for a revised version of the story.
In case of acceptance: Throw a party!
Feel free to share your experiences in the publishing world and share advice to other writers.