Song of the Day: Yes or No by JoJo
A panel (Diana Raab, Wendy Call, Kevin Morgan Watson, Geeta Kothari, Molly Peacock, and Philip F. Deaver) shared their experiences with rejection and how writers can use it to become better writers. Wendy Call's suggestions stuck out the most. She compiled a list of how rejections can help a writer.
Six Reasons Rejections Can Help You:
1. As people reject you, they're getting to know you. The more people that know your name the better off you are.
2. When a door closes somewhere in your writing universe, another can open. Keep putting yourself out there. You never know what will happen. If one person doesn't like your submission, someone else might.
3. Rejection tests your belief in yourself. Can you keep going? Will you keep going until your work is published?
4. Rejection is a sign you're headed in the right direction. Writers who always get accepted could be aiming to low. If you're getting rejections, it means that you're challenging yourself to be a better writer and a series of rejections can mean a shift. You're evolving and an acceptance could soon be on the horizon.
5. Rejection letters can be sign posts. This goes hand in hand with #4. Use it as markers on your journey. Once you begin to get acceptances, know that it's time to up the anty.
6. Rejections letters can help you meet your goal. You can set a goal for the number of submissions you want to send out. That way you're the boss and the goal is within your control.
Miscellaneous advice/comments from the panel:
- There is a myth that writers have thick skin. The truth is no writer has thick skin. Rejections hurt. The trick is to not let the sun set on your rejections.
- Persistence is key.
- Get experience sending out your work as much as you can, it helps to ease the sting of rejection.
Last, I'm going to leave you with a quote that really resonated with me. "In the literary submission world, you just have to find your friend, you only need one."
How do you handle rejection? Has a series of rejections ever led to better opportunities for you?