My First Rejection Letter

If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the sheer agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher.

Last week, I received my first rejection letter.

There is a lot we can learn from our mistakes. Just because a publisher has rejected my manuscript it doesn’t mean my writing career is over – it is the beginning.

It means I am doing my job as a writer; writing and submitting.

My rejection letter was nice. “While I have enjoyed your manuscript sample, unfortunately, it isn’t quite right for our publishing firm. Of course, this is just one opinion and we hope it doesn’t discourage you from submitting elsewhere.”

It hasn’t discouraged me, it has motivated me to cross the bridge of rejection.

Most authors–even wildly successful authors–have also received their share of rejection missives. Everyone has heard the stories of the rejection letters Stephen King and J. K. Rowling received. The didn’t give up and neither should emerging writers.

The key is believing in yourself and the story you are telling. You will NEVER please everybody. There will always be those who don’t understand or simply don’t like your book or books. That’s life.  But it is critical that you DO NOT stop believing in what you are writing.


When was your last rejection letter? and how did you feel recieiving it?

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13 thoughts on “My First Rejection Letter

  1. I remember my first rejection letter from an agent… I was actually sort of pleased, because it meant someone had actually read what I wrote! So many of them don’t respond at all, so a rejection letter can feel almost like a step forward.

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  2. Congratulations on your first rejection – and I say this because the rejection is a symbol of your sheer determination to put your work out into the world,and that isn’t easy! I had my first one a few weeks ago, so I know how you feel. It encouraged me too – we must keep going! Great post, and good luck x

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  3. Given that rejection seems to be the default setting of agents, i tended to end my queries with “if you are interested please let me know”. How they [think they] can predict what will sell is a complete mystery to me. I wonder how much, as a reader, i have dismissed a book that might have been great but had no endorsements of the writer or the work. At least i could go back to something i wasn’t particularly enthused by (maybe weeks or months later) and no one need know i changed my mind. Not an option for a literary agent…

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    • I agree! It is a milestone that will help a lot of writers grow and learn from. At first, I was nervous to share my novel I’d been working on for so long but I got over it and it was the best decision I’ve made! Hopefully, other writers can let down those defensive barriers and pursue their dreams 😃

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