The Rejection Tango

It’s an endurance race, pure and simple, and it goes like this:

Rejection arrives from publisher via a form email …

1 – Cry, swear, vow never to put quill to parchment ever again, think, vow to e-publish next time, swear some more, cry again. Have best friend hugs (who may or may not be a lover and which  may or may not involve sex. Either way endorphins will be released into your bloodstream and you’ll feel better)

2: Review rejection for validity, and repeat step 1 above as necessary.

3: Depending on levels of validity, prepare your response. (not to be confused with reaction, which may or may not include step 1, again)

4: Execute response. (not to be confused with executing author of rejection, no matter how much you might want to. Repeat step 1 if such urges raise their distracting heads)

And remember these two clichés. They have validity, that’s why they’ve become clichés:

’99 times fall down, 100 times get up’ … and … ‘Success is the best revenge’


“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it”Jonathan Winters