I recently counted up the number of rejections I received on one novel. It’s called THE SOUL ACCORD, and it’s an action-packed, Young Adult supernatural thriller with a killer twist and guess what? It’s been rejected 37 times.
Thirty. Seven. Rejections. And that was only from the most recent round of queries.
I had shopped the novel around a few years ago, added a good 60-some rejections to the ol’ collection, and shelved it for two years after receiving my infamous THISCLOSE rejection.
Whelp, with a new determination, I rewrote the sucker. We’re talking a 70% overhaul. Key scene shakeups, the removal of whole plot elements and the addition of others, all while changing main character names and the story title. And what do I have to show for all my hard work?
Thirty. Seven. More. Rejections.
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Remember, a “No” will never kill you, but a single “Yes” could be the one that changes your life.
For my first Rejection Wednesday, I’d like to share my latest rejection letter, and tell a tale about my toughest rejection to date. (Identifying names of the agents/agency have been omitted, for privacy’s sake).
This lovely was waiting for me in my inbox a few days ago, a response that came roughly four months after the query was sent.
“Thanks so much for your query and interest in our representation. I was very glad to have a chance to take a look. Regrettably, I don’t feel sufficiently excited about the material to take it on, but please remember that reactions to fiction are entirely subjective, so I do recommend that you try some other agents. Best of luck to you in finding a home for your work, and thank you for thinking of me.”
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Hey folks, welcome to my brand new blog, The Daily Rejection.
You might ask yourself why I’d want to name my blog after something negative, but the answer is simple: rejection is something every single one of us has experienced. It’s a universal truth for just about every living being on this planet. Chances are good that at some point in your life, you’ve been rejected for a job. Maybe Joe Perfect had a better resume than you. Maybe Cindy Sunshine had a more bubbly personality during her interview. But the outcome was the same – someone was chosen over you.
It’s a fact of life, and it happens to the best of us. In jobs, in relationships, in our ideas, for our artistic creations. If you haven’t been rejected, you’ve likely spent the vast majority of your life living inside a literal cave, neanderthal style, with no contact to the outside world. Yet even in a cave the bats might avoid you – rejected by a tiny flying mammal.
But of all those who experience the woe of rejection, it seems writers top the list of recipients more than most.
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