Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rejection Letters Getting You Down?

If you're struggling to keep submitting after receiving a stack of rejection letters, maybe this story from More. com will help you get back on track. Kathryn Stockton persisted even after 60 rejection letters. And now she not only has a book, but a movie deal too.

And if you've recently received a rejection letter that you need help interpreting, here's a site that offers some spot-on translations. See Reading Between The Lines for clues to the editor-ese.


Cate Masters said...

Thanks for sharing these links Laurie! Very timely advice. I'd add one more option: self-publish. After extensive revision, of course. :)

T. M. Crone said...

Sixty rejections sounds like a lot, but actually it is not when you consider the number of stories written by a single author. File them and submit, submit, submit, and stop counting when you get to 100.

Laurie J. Edwards said...

Yes, Cathy, I think more people are heading the self-publishing route, but as you said it definitely needs to be well edited. Just read a letter on a blog from someone who had self-published, and she wanted to know what to do, because reviewers are slamming her book for typos, grammar, and punctuation errors. She can't afford to reprint. So that's a great reason for getting quality editing done beforehand.

And, that's great advice, Tina. :-)