Every writer worth his salt has, at some time, had his failures. Such famous names as Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, Honore de Balzac and many more had to persevere for years before finding fame and fortune. Fortunately for us, they did persevere with their writing and so made our literary heritage all the richer.
It is a natural reaction to feel despondent about a rejection after all the effort in creating and submitting the work. But do not rail against a rejection and write to the editor to ask why it was rejected. He is a busy man and is unlikelyto reply giving you a reason. He probably has many manuscripts to consider and yours may be only one of dozens.
Occasionally in returning a manuscript an editor will add a note (it happened usually on print media but at online almost all are accepted…) saying he already has the subject in stock or has used a similar piece recently. There are a few magazines that have printed rejection slips listing an assortment of reasons and will make a tick alongside the one applying to your manuscript – too long, too short, does not cover the subject adequately, in stock, used recently, a subject not of interest to the publication’s readers and so on.
Do not waste time on feeling of dejection or let despair overcome you and lethargy set in. The qyuickest way to recover from a rejection is to start on another piece of work. Not all your work will be rejected. As your experience increases and your writing improves, the number of rejections you receive should progressively reduce.
Rejection of a piece of work does not mean it should be discarded as of no use. Your time and effort is contained in it. You can always send your rejected work to another publication. It could be successful the second time, in front of a different editor. Of course, before sending it a second time you should ensure it is in the style and meets the text
Having once achieved a success here is another word of warning. Do not sit back and bask in its glow. Follow up with more work to the same editor, while he remembers your name and the work he has just accepted from you. The professional writer will already have more written work in the editor’s hands and future work planned for submission even as his work is being published. far too many beginner writers sell an article to a magazine, then wait until it is published before they send the editor another example of their work. One swallow does not make a summer; one success does not make a professional writer but it is the start. Build on it with a regular output and there will be many such successes.
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My favorite Saying: “Dream big and don’t stop without giving it a chance to come true.” I am a father of 3 for 25 years +, OFW for 17 years , a Blogger, sometimes a Poet, Self-motivated and Professional by experience. You can call me Paul or Pruel. I am friendly animal but can kick you off when it is needed. LOL. I have no specific areas where my writing will focus on. I write any subject that interests me under the merciless sun.