When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.
Today’s tip: A rejection simply means ‘No’.
This tip is from Janet Reid. She’s an agent with Fine Print Literary Management who represents thrillers, mysteries, and more. I follow her blog where she offers pithy, realistic advice to writers on a weekly basis. She always seems down-to-earth and provides a touch of humor to make the bad (or good) news go down better. Her list of tips for writers is spot-on–I don’t think there’s one I don’t agree with:
- Be bold
- Be tenacious
- Be rational
- Be knowledgeable
- Be competent
- Be ready
- Be positive
- Be reachable
- Be brave
- Be polite
…and my personal favorite:
One of her tips resonated with what my gut tells me about submitting our babies to agents. See if you agree:
“I reject good and publishable work Every Single Day. Work that goes on to find an agent and get published and win prizes. Repeat after me: rejection only means no, nothing else.”
For more detail, read her post here.
Thank you, Janet, for confirming what I’ve always believed. This is why I query dozens of agents and don’t let it get to me when they send a form letter in response to an email that took me an hour to craft–that was perfect in every respect, except it didn’t get a request to represent me. Now I know why.
More tips on rejection:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.