So you’ve written something and you’ve sent it out. It is inevitable that you will get rejected a bunch of times before you get accepted. For those of you whom don’t slavishly follow every single word posted on Fangs and Clause, I’d like to excerpt from a comment Teri made yesterday.
The last piece I published was rejected 27 times before it found a home. And I believe there was one before that that swirled around the bowl about 40 times.
Send it out and wait for the rejections to pour in. Celebrate their arrivals. Being rejected doesn’t mean your story or poem or essay sucks. It probably just means they’ve already chosen the pieces they want (and it’s damned hard to knock those off the podium), or you got unlucky enough to be one of 100 pieces that must be read and checked off the list today, or the reader had a fight with her boyfriend, or they read you late at night and were too tired to read far enough, or they already have a story about elephants that juggle and can’t have two, or or or or or or…..
Finding a way through rejection is vital for writers who want to be published. I don’t know how to tell you how to do this, except to read other people’s words about it. My sister Cougar Clause takes heart from the rejection letters that our father used to receive.
Paternal Clause was a professor of science. His rejection letters did not say “Unfortunately your piece does not fit our editorial needs at this time, best of luck placing it elsewhere.” No, his letters said things like “The explanation of XXXX is sketchy, to say the least” or “on the scale relative to other manuscripts received at the same time, your paper was given a lower priority rating,” or (from a scientist so famous even I have heard of him) “you better hope your paper is not sent to me for review.”
So, take heart writer comrades, and keep up the good work. Or as Paternal Clause used to tell me “Get in there and fight!”