Dealing with Rejection Letters

rejection lettersI know an author who keeps something of a black list.  Any agent or editor who is on this list will never see his work again. While we should all black list unscrupulous editors or agents, this particular list consists largely of people who have rejected his work.  That alone isn’t unreasonable, because if someone doesn’t care for your work then there is no point in sending it to them.

But this writer goes one step too far.  He gripes about these people publically.  By name.

Frankly, if I’m going to name drop, I’m not going to tell the world that the biggest names in the industry don’t like my work.  That just seems counterproductive.

I’ve also heard editors and agents speak about writers who call them on the phone and tell them off.  Others send back the torn up rejection letter, create nasty Facebook  posts and more.

While I get the emotion, they are rejecting your precious work, I don’t get this type of reaction.  Public whining and confrontation are a great way to get yourself blacklisted.  I’m not saying that editors and agents keep a list of people they won’t work with but they do know how to use Google.  You don’t want them search on your name and decide that working with you would be a big headache.

If you get a rejection letter that simply sets you free, blow off steam in private to a close friend or two.  Tear out a shrub (ahem).  Or find a way to laugh at it.  That’s what I did when I wrote today’s Muffin post.  Let’s just say that with some rejections it is pretty easy to find a humorous twist.


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