Friday, August 6, 2010

REJECTION REVISITED

Who says the publishing industry slows down for summer--it hasn't for me, my clients, or the editors I work with.

Just got back from SCBWI Summer Conference in LA, which was wonderful. I, like all other attendees, left refreshed, revitalized and recommitted (yes, even to my own writing---but first I have to find the time for that so we'll see.)

With many of you waiting, waiting, waiting to see if your writing is going to sell, I want to refresh, revitalize and recommit to all of you. Oddly enough, my blunt call to action below seems to have resonated with so many readers that I will repeat it here as well as link to some fab posts from the past:




Here's my final word on rejection---after enduring years on my own writing and a year on behalf of my writers (yes, agents feel the sting of rejection much more than you all since there are few of our writers who sell their books without at least one rejection):
Write the best book you can.
No really, go back and look at it with a critical eye.
Revise.
Revise some more.
One, maybe two...three, four, five more times.
And then believe.

Believe in your words. Believe in your creation. Believe in yourself.
Now get out there and submit. Rejection is part of the process.
Deal with it and move on.


1. 30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers

2. THE DISSECTION OF REJECTION

3.  SLUSHIE SLUSH

4. TITLES & COVERS-YOUR BOOK'S BILLBOARD

5. EDITOR TALK: SUBMISSIONS

6. ARE YOU A WRITER?

Now go write, submit and hopefully, sell!

9 comments:

  1. I've been trying to find an agent for a book, a futuristic mystery, that I love, but agents don't. It's become a game for me. I send out queries in batches. When that batch has been rejected, I send out another batch. Maybe this poor book will set a Guinness World Record for the number of rejections or maybe it will find a home with an agent who loves futuristic mysteries.

    Your advice resonated with me. Thanks for saying it again - "don't give up."

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  2. I'm on the revise and revise again part of my first YA--but I can say it's been more than 5 revisions (I've honestly lost track). I'm on the final revision and I hope to start submitting in a few weeks, so this post is perfectly timed. Thank you!

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  3. I agree, Jill. Rejection is part of the process! And it's also worth noting that published authors get rejected too.

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  4. Yeah, Go get'em, Norm.

    Thanks for the pep talk

    Norm

    http://www.normcowie.com

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  5. Love these post, Jill! Thanks!

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  6. thanks for inviting me to your blog on FB. I have been your follower. I will always stop by here.

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  7. Thank you so much for this inspiration, and just when I needed it.

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  8. Thanks. I needed that!
    Back to revising...

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  9. Fantastic post! Thank you, Jill. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Boise, Idaho scbwi conference.

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