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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