Rejection letters — Irony and How Not to Behave

Earlier this week I mentioned in another blog post that I had gotten a rejection letter from a Charlesbridge editor.  She ended the letter with an offer to take a look at the manuscript again if I decide to rewrite it.

The beautiful irony is this — I got up and brought in the mail to take a break from the article I was working on.  An article on . . . (drum roll) . . . dealing with rejection letters.

The best way to get over a rejection?  Have a major deadline and have no choice but to get back to work.  With my article due in less than a week and the boys out of town for just 24 hours, I had to get over it and get back to work.

Still, it wasn’t a tough one to get over.  I’d love to work with this editor.  She is truly a dream editor.  So that’s a disappointment.  But she did agree to look at it again.  The problem is, I’m not sure what the problem is.  Part of it is clear enough, but part of it . . . nope.  Not clear.

What to do?  When things slow down (major deadlines and various job related issues this week), I’ll drop her a quick note and ask if we can chat by phone.  She may say no, but I think she’ll probably say yes.  Most editors I know don’t mind clarifying what they want if they can tell I’m serious about it.

How not to convince an editor or agent that you’re the writer for the job?  Instead rolling with a rejection letter, strike back.  Drop an F-bomb.  To see what I mean, visit Janet Reid’s blog and read “And the Horse You Rode In On. . .

These are the kinds of writers who should be kept muzzled and on a very short leash.  But they keep those of us who write how-tos in business, advising newer writers how not to behave.  Silver lining.