Dealing With Rejection

As some of you may know, I once had an earlier draft of Kingslayer published through a traditional press. But in order to get to that point, I had to submit the novel to countless other publishers, all of which rejected the book for one reason or another. Truth be told, I’ve lost count as to how many rejections I got from the book. So you may be wondering how I dealt with rejection.

The truth is, rejection isn’t easy for everyone. I got used to it pretty quickly, and I never lost any sleep over it. Some people do, however, which is why it’s important to talk about it. Every writer has been rejected at some point. Even Harry Potter was rejected by a handful of publishers, which is why it’s important to remember that a rejection doesn’t mean your story is crap; it just means that your story wasn’t right for that particular press. It happens.

The point is, don’t give up on being a writer just because you got a few rejections. Maybe the story you’re working on isn’t meant to be published, or maybe you’re just meant to self-publish. Just remember that a rejection isn’t an indictment on your skill as a writer. A publisher is a business, and therefore they are thinking about their bottom line. Anyone who says otherwise is a real bleeping idiot.

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–N.L., 2017


Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

2 thoughts on “Dealing With Rejection”

  1. Most of my attempts at publishing have involved poems, collections of poems, or short stories. The rejections were disheartening, but not soul crushing or really even all that unexpected. Mostly I’d feel like, “Yeah, that figures.”

    The thing that really makes it frustrating to me (and maybe this has changed somewhat with more of it being done online, but I kind of doubt it) is how tediously lonnnggg the process could be. You wait months to hear back on an almost inevitable rejection. And since many places have rules about simultaneous submissions, you can’t even widely disseminate your work; you just have to keep plugging away one at a time (or maybe there’s a secret way around that that I’m not aware of.)

    In short, rejections have never made me consider not writing, but they have put me off on the publishing world to a substantial degree.


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