Monday, January 7, 2013

On Rejection

As a writer, the most common (and maybe most valuable) advice received is: develop a tough skin and learn to take rejection well.

I've received my fair share of rejection through the years, and in fact, it became a point of pride that I learned to take it well. I got so good at receiving rejections that I'd write thank you letters to agents and publishers, thanking them for having rejected me.

Thank you so much for your time and the consideration of my novel. I thank you profusely for having rejected me and I hope to one day submit another story to you for future rejection.

I became so skilled and eloquent that Hallmark offered me a gig writing for them. Unfortunately, I had to turn them down because I am unable to confine my thank you efforts to just one line.

Eventually, I became so accustomed to rejections that I didn't know how to react when The Wild Rose Press offered me my first publishing contract for A Cat's Tale. I actually emailed Angela Anderson to be sure there had not been an egregious mistake.

Dear Angela,

Thank you so much for your time and consideration of my novel. I thank you profusely for having rejected accepted me, but I feel compelled to allow you the opportunity to retract your offer in the event that it was sent in error.

Sincerely yours,

Melissa Snark


  1. Perfect blog for today. I just got a rejection this morning. :)

    1. I have enough to wallpaper my kitchen. :-D

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :-)

  2. Oh, Melissa, I do indeed feel your pain. Back in August, I got one rejection one day and another the following day. Not the happiest way to end any month. And over the years, on three separate occasions, I've gotten rejections on my birthday. It got so that for a while I refused to check the mail for several days before and after my birthday. But I'm thrilled your dream of publication finally had a happy ending. May your new book just be the first of many.

    1. Thanks, Darcy. Good luck to you. I hope you find that acceptance letter someday soon. :-)

  3. Rejections are, unfortunately, a part of this business. Congrats on the one exception. :)

    Dawn, Hugs girl.