We work hard on a manuscript and then the day finally comes when it’s completed. We edit and then edit some more. Yea! It’s done. Now we are eager to send it to publishers.We research which publishers publish in our genre and what their guidelines are. Then we start sending it out knowing it may be a long time before we hear anything.
Waiting can be hard so we start another manuscript so our mind is on something else. Then we get an e-mail from one of the publishers.We may be a little anxious knowing it might be a rejection- BUT – they also might want to publish it!
Then our heart sinks. The manuscript doesn’t fit what they are publishing right now but invites us to send other manuscripts.Maybe this brings sadness but let’s think about this rejection again. Is this really a rejection?
They took the time to respond- which some publishers don’t. They are inviting us to send them more manuscripts. That’s an open door!They aren’t going to publish this one but they are interested in our work . This is the next best thing besides getting published!
I know- you might be asking- yes, but what about the form letters where they say thank you for letting us read your manuscirpt but we have decided not to publish it at this time.Yep. That can be discouraging, but we knew that getting published would be difficult. Rejection is part of the business of writing. Famous authors were rejected hundreds of times.
It could be for a variety of reasons. Most the time we don’t know the answer to why it was rejected. What helps is believing in what we wrote and to keep sending it out to as many publishers as possible.We need to be sure we stick to their guidelines and look at the books they publish. If we are doing a cover letter we can mention how our book could fit with what they publish. Not only does this tell them we did our homework and took the time to research them, but it might give them ideas in how our book could fit in with their genre.
They are interested if the book will sell because they will spend money and time to publish it and they need to know at least they will make their money back. Of course we also have to have a good book.
Most important thing is to reflect on our goals. Some questions we might want to ask are:
Why do we write?
Who is our reader?
What do we want to accomplish?
How are we going to accomplish it?
How can we keep positive with all the challenges?
1.Celebrate the small successes. It is great when we have completed a manuscript! That is an accomplshment in itself!
2. Don’t dwell on the rejections. Move on to the next project.
3. Believe in yourself and your work. Know that one publisher IS going to publish it.
4. For me prayer is key.
5.Know that we have chosen a hard field but it’s all worth it when we are able to touch a reader in some way.
6. If your manuscripts aren’t getting published consider writting articles for magazines and places like AC.The support we receive on AC is wonderful!
I wish all of us the joy of knowing we are in a field which can touch peoples hearts and imagination. Or it can teach can support others.What ever your genre is KEEP WRITING!Be persistant. You just never know what might happen!