One of the first things I was told by a published author upon declaring myself a writer was, “Expect to be rejected 90% of the time.”
I was offended. I thought he was telling me that he’s a better writer than I. Not so. He was mentoring me. He was warning me to toughen up if I wanted to see my writing published. He was right. Rejection is not only a reality in the publishing world it’s a fact of life. It happens as often as sh*t happens. Survivors carry on. Writers who believe in themselves continue to submit their work. You probably understand that intellectually. That doesn’t stop it from hurting. It doesn’t keep the self-doubt at bay.
What may help is an occasional reminder that even those blessed with success face rejection in one form or another. I invite you to drop in each day, starting July 5, 2010, to share a bit of schadenfreude with me as I find hope in the knowledge that someone, somewhere, is dealing with a rejection worse than the form letter lurking in my mailbox.