Celebrating Rejection

I came across a wonderful post written by Danyelle Leafty titled, Celebrating Rejection, that I thought all my writing friends may enjoy. Here’s the link: http://www.querytracker.blogspot.com/

If you don’t have time to pop over, here’s an important tidbit I don’t want you to miss:

Because by daring to dream, by taking that risk, by opening yourself up for rejection, you are living. And it takes courage to live, to try, to fail, and to succeed. Those rejections cluttering up the dark corners of your inbox are a testament that you have thrown off safe and secure, that you’ve stepped out of the black and white into a world filled with color and possibility.

What did you do when you received your last rejection letter/e-mail?

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  • Posted January 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM | Permalink

    Very inspirational words, Wendy. My last rejection was on an old story. Silhouette had given me a form R for it years ago, so I never really knew what, exactly, was wrong with it. So I cleaned it up and sent it to TWRP. When the R came back, I just shrugged and said, “oh well. Now I know.” lol

    Another great post, Wendy. 🙂

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

    Hi, Joanne!
    I wish the words were mine. Sorry about the R, but since you’ve been published by TWRP, I’m guessing you’re over it!!

  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    I’ve read about celebrating rejections somewhere a few years ago and I really love the concept. Why not, I say 🙂 I know it helps me cope with the disappointment.

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

    Hi Lacey!
    Great attitude! It’s easy to get derailed by a rejection, but I’m hoping Danyelle’s post helps people to keep things in perspective.

  • Nas
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 1:02 AM | Permalink

    Hi Wendy,

    Great post and a timely reminder to celebrate rejections…’coz don’t know what might the future hold…

  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    Thanks, Nas!
    Once you receive a rejection it’s in the past. Like Joanne said, “Now I know.” So your future remains open to the possibility of success with other agents and editors! And my fingers are crossed that you and all my writing friends achieve it!

  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    I see a rejection as one step closer to publication. You’ve got to keep moving forward. Some days it’s harder to move forward than others . . .

    I was actually happy about my last rejection because it included positive comments.

    Great post, Wendy.

    Abbi 🙂

  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    Great attitude, Abbi! Woo hoo for positive comments! You ARE one step closer!

  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM | Permalink

    As usual, I’m late to the party! LOVE the new website, Wendy! And yes, celebrate the rejections and work on that teflon-coated-I-will-persevere thick skin. It will serve you well after you’re published.


  • Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    Hi Aimee!
    Glad to see you around again!Congrats on meeting your deadline!

  • Joanne Coles
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

    I totally agree, although rejections are hard to take they *do* mean that you are working to achieve your goal and that’s much more than many people ever do.

  • Posted January 21, 2011 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    You are so right, Joanne. So many people talk about their dream to be a published author. The only way to get there is by putting your work out in front of others. And not everyone will like it. I’m proud of everyone who takes a chance. One of my mottos: What have you got to lose? Another one: Big risks can yield big rewards.

  • Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    Rejections mean you are a writer so I celebrate them. Umm, after I go to bed for a bit and eat chocolate that is. It’s ok to feel bad and mourn. But then you have to send it back out! Great post!

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    Right you are, Jen. They are a stumbling block. I usually give myself 24 hours to feel crappy. Then I file the rejection away and refuse to look at it again…unless there are suggestions on how to improve the manuscript. Then I treat it like a critique!

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