If you've been at this game for any amount of time, you know as well as the next that rejection is a common scenario. I've faced it, our clients have faced it, and nearly every published and unpublished author has faced it as well. It can be discouraging, overwhelming even when you receive that notification that your work has been rejected. It threatens everything you've done, steals the joy and the drive from future projects too. So, if it's such a common occurrence, then how are we supposed to keep moving on with damaged emotions and a pessimistic outlook? Well, before we decide how to deal with rejection, let's take a look at the reasons why we are rejected in the first place.
Most agents, publishers, and even end-consumers won't give a full explanation of why you have been turned away and your work disliked. At QuickFire, we make an effort to detail those reasons to our submissions, but that's one of the distinguishing factors of our agency. Not all companies will take the time to do the same, so you need to be prepared to face unexplained rejection. But here, we can offer a few of the more prevalent reasons for you.
Though there are many more reasons for rejection, these are the most common and the ones with which we may adapt. Take the time to invest and improve when you are turned away. Find a community that can offer unbiased insight to your work. And when you aren't given details for why you were rejected, take heart and press on and realize that your work is never done. Real authors are a rare and obstinate breed; giving up isn't in the blood. Until next time...
Steven C McCullough
Author and Agent to QuickFire.