|Land Minds: Multiple Perspectives on Rejection|
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying that your writing isn't the bomb-dot-com. And somewhere out there I bet there are writers who send out 50 submissions and get, like, 40 acceptances. For someone, the trouble is picking who to turn down as the publisher instead of who to "hates forever." (I tend to go Gollum on rejections, forgive me.) You may be the super star of submissions, that icon of the writing ages who pins down ONLY the places that are, like, 90% certain of accepting your work before you submit it ... but don't count on it.
So let's take on the rejection mine field. Let's face it, and see what we're getting into. Here are some perspectives on rejection from the web-- Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to peruse them and get ready. Prepare yourself. Come to grips with what's out there, and what may be coming your way. I dare you. You dare.
First, head to the Rejection Wiki, a collected wiki site of tons of literary journal rejection letters. If you're going to be submitting, you might as well know in advance what a rejection letter might look like.
Then mosey on over to read this piece from writer Chris Orcutt on "Crossing the Rubicon" ... aka responding to a rejection letter. Because we all, at some time or another, want to do it, and what d'ya know, here's someone who did.
Whether you cheer or boo-hiss Orcutt's response to his rejection, this must-read from Roxane Gay addresses why writers must learn to accept rejection. Because when it comes to writing, "Rejection is the rule, not the exception."
This semi-oldie-but-goodie from Review Review address "What Editors Want," and gives you some insight into both why the reading process is impersonal ... and why it sometimes really does get personal (for both good and bad reasons).
Finally, as a reminder that "rejection is an imperative test of one's character," head over to this site and see why you should never give up as a writer for the sake of a rejection ... or a dozen rejections.
Your Turn: Share your views on rejection, these pieces, and the thoughts on writing and submitting and publication that they inspire in the comments below!
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