Definition of rejectionitis: state of mental and emotional health a writer experiences after work is rejected. Symptoms may include excessive chocolate, pizza and alcohol intake, as well as the sudden desire for a new wardrobe or other material items not normally viewed as necessary. Wringing of hands, banging of head, overreacting to events with screaming fits, floods of tears or utter silence for weeks on end are quite common.
None, but a blessed few (and nobody I’ve ever met), go through life without having to deal with rejection because it’s part of life. When you want something, you generally have to work hard, experience some rejection along the way, learn and move forward.
Attempting to put your short story, poem or novel out into the public arena is no different.
If, after you’ve polished your work till your eyes bleed and your fingers are worn to stubs with typing, you decide to go the traditional route, submitting your piece to publishers and agents can be a painful, and sometimes brutal, experience. If you decide to go the self-publishing route, and despite your best efforts at marketing, your book etc., fails to sell, it can leave you equally disheartened. Rejection is a possibility that has to be considered, as there is no guarantee of success.
In preparation for the next stage of this writing adventure – submitting my ms to agents and publishers (and simultaneously preparing the document for epublishing), I’ve come up with a plan of action for dealing with the rejection which I’m sure to receive - I'm working on the premise that you can’t please all the people all of the time. I hope it will be of some help to others experiencing this condition.
On a final note, here's a quote from Isaac Asimov: 'You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.'
The comments given to authors with the return of their manuscripts makes for humorous reading.
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To all story lovers out there, good reading, and to those of you who write, good writing.