The Weird Week in Writing: Parents take Twilight to the next level, Tyra Banks banks on YA fantasy, and rejection letters amaze

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt): “Dracula” is too old fashioned: Twilight-inspired monikers top the latest list of the most popular baby names in America. Move over, Damon Wayans: Tyra Banks becomes the latest celebrity to score a book deal...

Rejection: It's What You Do Next That Counts

I have a dear friend, Dave, who has devoted his life to writing. He’s made every sacrifice imaginable, sacrifices that other people won’t or can’t make. This year, he has been submitting to more agents and publications than ever—and getting rejected. He wrote me recently to say that he felt more jaded every day...

Accepting rejection: 5 for Friday

5 quotes on rejection offering inspiration for when you need it most:  “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this...

Top 20 Lessons from WD: On Rejection

Hi writers, Thanks to everyone who stopped by Monday to read or chat with bestseller Dianna Love. And, of course, I’d also like to extend a Promptly Thank You to Dianna for sharing her prompts and insights. As promised, we’ll be giving away copies of Dianna’s Break Into Fiction to two random commenters. Jacqui...

Mid-Week Prompt: Rejecting the Rejection

Hey writers, Not too long ago, a strange thing happened in the storied submissions intake department of WD (my cluttered desk). In short, a writer pitched us a pretty solid idea, but we had run something similar in a previous issue, so I sent a polite “no,” and explained the situation.   My e-mail...

How Many Rejections Does it Take to Self-Publish a Book?

Q: I’ve submitted my manuscript and query letters to various agents and publishers and have received several rejections. I feel this book is pretty marketable. How many agent rejections and how many publisher rejections do you think I should take as a signal to self-publish this book? I’m pretty tenacious. If need be, I...

Dear Rejection…

Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers Write an acceptance letter to rejection.  Explore rejection.  What are the other time time you have been rejected?  Getting it down in writing helps to take the load off of that little slip of paper that comes in the mail, Sorry.  Often the fact that your work wasn’t...

Rejection IS better than nothing

Was talking to another editor yesterday about Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market–which is my current top priority project at work–when she, a fiction writer, mentioned that she had received two rejections in the past week. Suddenly, I felt envious–she was, at least, receiving rejections. She, at least, was submitting her work. I have not...

Are You Receiving Lots of Form Rejections?

Beginning Writer’s Answer Book I get lots of form rejections that have little or no feedback on my individual work. What might be wrong? Reasons for rejection can be incredibly subjective (indefinable issues of taste), or your work may not be polished enough. Aside from the quality and style of your work, consider if...

Making Sense of an Impersonal Rejection Letter

At the conference last weekend, an attendee raised a complaint to agents and editors when we were all sitting together on a panel. Rejections letters he received over time were usually impersonal – without any comments as to why the story was rejected; sometimes the letters were often xeroxed to the point that the...

I'm Excited About Rejection!

On Saturday, I received two rejections in the mail. And I was actually pumped up after reading them. Really, the first one from Asheville Poetry Review is the one that got me excited. While I could see it was a form rejection letter, there was a handwritten note at the bottom from the editor...

I’m Excited About Rejection!

On Saturday, I received two rejections in the mail. And I was actually pumped up after reading them. Really, the first one from Asheville Poetry Review is the one that got me excited. While I could see it was a form rejection letter, there was a handwritten note at the bottom from the editor...

Vacation, Poetry Readings, Rejection, Stamps?!?

After a week in the Appalachians, I’ve got Internet access again. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Tomorrow, back to work! (We’ll slot that into the good column, though the week did go by a bit too fast.) ***** While in Georgia, I did happen to wander into a Sunday night...

How I Got My Agent: Julia Walton

When I graduated from college in 2007, the economy tanked and it was viewed as unwise to seriously pursue any artistic endeavors. My family was thrilled that I had managed to secure a stable job in uncertain times and even though my heart was broken at the thought of working at a desk, I...

The Pros & Cons of Working with a Small Publisher

As a new author or even if you have one or two books under your self-publishing belt, you may be thinking of entering the traditional publishing arena. I’ve been there and have had my share of rejections from the larger well-known publishing houses. But, I didn’t let that discourage me … well, not entirely....

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margaret Greenberg

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Margaret Greenberg, co-author of PROFIT FROM THE POSITIVE) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...

Successful Query: Jennieke Cohen & Agent Jennifer Unter

This post is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. Today’s features debut author Jennieke Cohen and her...

Susan J. Erickson: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Susan J. Erickson to the Poetic Asides blog! As many of you may know, she’s been a regular here in the past, especially for April PAD Challenges. Susan J. Erickson happened on poetry. After vowing to stop talking about writing a long-intended mystery novel, she enrolled in a poetry...

Gabrielle Brant Freeman: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Gabrielle Brant Freeman to the Poetic Asides blog! Gabrielle Brant Freeman’s poetry has been published in many journals, including Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, Shenandoah, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and was a 2014 finalist. Freeman won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry...