Monday, October 7, 2019

Two Rejection Letters = A Win? Seeing Rejection as a Step Forward

Last Friday, I woke up late (still feeling ill), wandered around my house like a zombie, ate breakfast like someone not sure the food would stay down, and then found two rejection letters for two different manuscripts in my inbox.

I read them over, and then over again.

I wasn't surprised by the rejections.

I was surprised I had received any response from these two agents.
Both of these particular literary agents had stated explicitly on their websites:
 "If you haven't heard back in 90 days, please consider your manuscript rejected." 

From both agents, I had received no response for over 120 days.
So, I considered my manuscripts rejected.

However, they both e-mailed me. 

This felt like a win!

Rejections as a win?

Yep. If they took the time to actually read my work and send me a personalized rejection letter, it's a win. 

In fact, I see personalized rejection letters as a step forward.

They weren't form letters.
They show the agents actually read my work.
They responded when they had stated on their websites they might not.
They gave me specific feedback.
One sent me three links to databases of other literary agents so I could find the right agent for me.

Win, win, win. Step by step by step.

I am still writing.

I am still submitting my work.

Every day offers new possibilities.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, that’s exactly how you have to look at the rejections and keep on submitting.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Only writers would think of a rejection as a win, but I am so there with you. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

When so many don't respond, it is nice to hear something back. Otherwise you wonder if your submission went into the email black hole. said...

Absolutely, keep writing, edit and edit, and you'll get there 😊

Tyrean Martinson said...

Natalie - it really is the only way.

Madeline - so I have good company!

Diane - yes, responses are golden.

Lost - one step after another

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne said...

That's nice they took the time to reply back even if it was a rejection.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

You go girl!!! I love your positive sweep on this, and it's so true. If we stop going forward because of rejection of any kind, then we accomplish nothing. It's best to read it for the real: 1) They didn't say they hated it; it just doesn't fit. 2) They answered you personally. In today's world that's awesome. 3) You could vow to never write again, but who would that hurt? YOU and your fans. Your fans are waiting on you. :)


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats. I would consider that a win also. They're busy people so you must have impressed them enough for them to go the extra mile.

Sarah Foster said...

That's great that you were able to get some feedback! Definitely a step forward.

CWMartin said...

Well, I guess, congratulations, lol...

Powdered Toast Man said...

Keep plugging away. The more nos you get the closer you are to a yes.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - just hope you feel better soon. But how wonderful to have had personal replies, even if rejections ... well worth the writing up - onwards slowly forward ... learning and improving all the time - good luck - cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Seckman said...

See? That's why writers need writer friends. We know what a great thing it is to be personally rejected. Tell that to a regular friend and all you'll get is sympathy. From us, you'll get high fives.

Mark said...

So much of it is timing and you can't control that. It's even more true with publishers. They say they like your book, but they can't take it on at this time due to other constrains.