aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Submission and rejection

I still keep a big fat pink file labelled “Submission and Rejection.” It’s full of the rejection letters that made up my writing life for years and years. My first book got me nothing but rejection. My second book, after several dozen rejection letters, got me an agent. And then that second book went on to have a new crop of rejection letters, this time from editors. They were full of praise, but there was always a “But.” My third book didn’t even get good rejection letters from editors, just terse acknowledgements. And then my fourth book sold in three days.

And even since I’ve been published, not every book I’ve written has been bought. And there are other kinds of rejection even once you are published, as any author who has subscribed to Google Alerts or looked at Amazon reviews knows.

So if you feel like you're always getting rejected, maybe this will make you feel a little better. It shows a letter from the Museum of Modern Art rejecting a donation from Andy Warhol.

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