An Editor’s Thoughts on Rejection

I was surfing the Net this morning looking for some info I have elsewhere but can’t lay my hands on and it was just easier to look for it again, and came across this website called Rejection Collection. It’s exactly what it sounds like — rejection letters on all kinds of things creative. I read some of the agent/publisher rejections (submitted by the authors rejected) and found most of them to be of the whiny nature.

(I’m sorry. I know writing’s deeply personal. I know we put our hearts and souls into our work. I know it sucks pond water when someone else doesn’t love it as much as we do. And I also know that most of us are whiny about it.)

However, farther down the home page, there’s a header called “From the Other Side,” I think, and it’s responses from the folks doing the rejecting. Good reading there. I didn’t get to finish — too much else to do — but the comments I read were thoughtful and enlightening.

Especially THIS one. Check out what one intelligent, reasonable, well-spoken sci-fi editor has to say about rejections. Very good reading for a Sunday morning. Here’s the link.

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4 thoughts on “An Editor’s Thoughts on Rejection

  1. I’d never really thought about rejection from the editor’s side. God knows it sucks on our side, but when you consider how much really bad stuff they have to read, and how much disappointment they have to cause . . . Definitely not for me!

  2. I got a real kick out of this article. I’ve been an amatuer editor and trust me…she’s hit the issue squarely on the head. Funny, it may have been because of my Star Trek writing experience, but I’ve never taken a rejection as personal. I’ve always figured that somewhere there would be an editor who would love my book. And so far, I’ve been right!

  3. It took me a really long time to get to where I didn’t take rejections personally. I think maybe it came from the my much-loved-but-so-far-unsold paranormal series. After a very fortunate career with very few rejections, along comes this series that gathered a whole slew of rejections. Very positive, glowing, but still rejections. They came so steadily that by the third one, they didn’t even sting. It was just, “Oh, well, let’s try again.”

    I have to say, my favorite whine was about the SIZE of the rejection letter — that to some misguided souls, a full-sheet rejection means you’re a better writer than a half-sheet rejection. I hooted over that. And the person who thought editors were soliciting manuscripts for the sole pleasure of rejecting them. Two words for those people: thick skin.

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