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Rejection Letters


A second rejection under my belt made me want to turn and run. The first fleeting thoughts out of my brain were, ‘that makes two now-my writing sucks’.

Within five minutes of feeling this way, I did what I always do and have always done in my life, decide to approach it offensively instead of defensively. I found three other places to send this piece of writing to, and sent it out.

It took a little research to find places that might accept this piece since I had written it specifically for the Fem-Fangs submission. It’s a strange little story about a female vampire in the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. She is involved with Galahad and it doesn’t have a HEA ending, but I really liked the idea of this story.

Of course it helps that I’ve always had a fascination with Arthur and the knights of the round table since I was a kid and saw a movie called the ‘Sword and the Stone’.

I know rejection is part of the overall world of writing. But, it would feel so much better to hear ‘Yes, we’re taking your story’ and my heart would skip a beat. 🙂

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6 Responses

  1. Rejection sucks but using it as motivation to continue submitting is a something that got me through the rough times. Keep up the submissions and know that you’re getting closer to that yes with every no you get!

  2. Good outlook and good attitude. Use the rejection as motivation, but also learn from it. Fortune favors the bold, and you can’t get accepted if you stop submitting!

  3. Rejection is definitely one of the hardest parts of writing. It’s a little bit of a blow to the writer’s confidence, but I think it just makes the first “yes” even better. 🙂 I found that post, Staying Positive in the Face of Rejections, at WriteOnCon really helpful. It had a lot of great tips about how to deal with it.

    And, by the way, your story sounds really interesting! I’m reading Le Morte d’Arthur right now, so I’m constantly being drawn to anything about King Arthur and his time period, especially when there are strong supernatural elements included in it! 🙂

  4. *hugs*

    I just had two of my flash submissions rejected and Carlos promised to take me for ice cream. I told him if he does that for every rejection I get, I’ll weigh 400 pounds by this time next year. 🙂 It’s a painful part of the process, but they’ll get a little easier as we go (or so I’m told). Just remember, it only takes one yes.

    Good luck with your submissions!

  5. *hugs*

    A while back Lilith Saintcrow had this on her blog: “You only need to persist one more time than you are rejected.” I wrote it down and posted it over my desk. We won’t discuss the number of rejections I had before I sold to Decadent and Carina, but it was a lot. Keep submitting, but more than that, keep writing. This story might not be the one, but you never know if the next one is.

    Best of luck to you.

    Oh, and Danni? I like ice cream as a rejection soother too. And yes, it shows. I should really learn to love celery or something.

  6. Rejections are awful but hey, you’re like your characters, tough, resourceful and above all else stubborn. Dig those heels in, you got a personal response which is a lot more than a lot of people get so you’re memorable enough.

    Keep on trucking and remember a bucket of ice-cream heals all.

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