If you aspire to the lofty heights of ‘published’ writer, no doubt you’ve faced rejection time and time again – as I have. I am currently querying my novel, Mesmerise, with agents and considering there are only 15 Literary Agents in Australia, and I can only submit to about seven, self-publishing is starting to look damn attractive right about now.
We should all expect to get rejected as a writer, so please don’t let it get you down! If all else fails there’s always self-publishing, or another wonderful story (with commercial potential) lurking in your mind.
Before I get all teary-eyed, here are the nine stages of getting rejected as a writer to cheer us all up! (Because we’re all in this together…)
1. Waiting anxiously to hear back and knowing ‘you’ve got this’ because you’ve already told half the people you know that you’re getting published
2. Your inbox ‘pings’ with an email from… THE PUBLISHER/AGENT!!
3. Reading the rejection email – and your world falls apart
4. But then… you realise you must have sent your initial query to the wrong person. Let’s just change the title and genre and resubmit it 22 more times to make sure…
5. Seriously why the hell would you want to be published by them anyway? You’re better off without them
6. Wallowing in your self-pity, you wonder what you are going to say to the 200 guests that will be at your ‘getting published’ party next week
7. At this point, you just want to go hide in the biggest hole you can find
8. Eventually you realise that perhaps they really weren’t looking for a pirate romance right now. ISALLGOOD
9. Battle scarred but still hopeful as ever, you send off another round of submissions and march into battle
Never give up… never surrender…