Category: Rejection Letters

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Referral Rejection

In the hierarchy of “good” rejections, the referral rejection has got to be near the top. What is it? It’s a personal note from an editor often telling you why they didn’t accept your story and then referring you to another market that might.… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Referral Rejection”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Multi-Reader Rejection

Often times, when you submit a story to a publisher, there isn’t a single editor reading your submission. Many markets have multiple editors/readers who provide feedback on a story before a decisions is made to accept or reject. Sometimes, you, the author, never know… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Multi-Reader Rejection”

The Unacceptance Letter by Michael Bracken

Hey, folks, we’ve got a very special guest author today, the talented and prolific Michael Bracken. Michael has graciously agreed to write a post about one of the more unusual types of rejection letters – the Unacceptance. Though it is always disappointing to receive… Continue Reading “The Unacceptance Letter by Michael Bracken”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The No-Response Rejection

There are many types of rejections, and I’ve covered a bunch of them on this blog, but in my opinion, the most frustrating is the no-response rejection. That’s when the publisher simply never responds to your submission, and the rejection is implied rather than stated outright. There… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The No-Response Rejection”

On the Board: First Rejection of 2016

And we’re off! The first rejection of 2016 has come in, setting, I think, the proper tone for the coming Rejectomancy year. Here it is. Hi Aeryn, I had a chance to read the story.  The conceit is interesting, however it’s not really suited… Continue Reading “On the Board: First Rejection of 2016”

Real-Time Rejection: The 7th Rejection of “Story X”

Well, damn, I thought sevens were supposed to be lucky. Yep, “Story X” has received its seventh rejection, and it looks a little something like this. Thank you for sending us “Story X”. Unfortunately, this piece is not for us. We wish you the… Continue Reading “Real-Time Rejection: The 7th Rejection of “Story X””

Five Flavors of Form Rejection

Form rejection letters come in many different shapes and sizes, and it can be easy to read a lot into these boilerplate missives, largely because there is such a wide variety. In my experience, though, whether a form rejection is short and to-the-point or wordy and… Continue Reading “Five Flavors of Form Rejection”

Baby’s First Rejection

A couple of days ago, I commented on a writer’s blog who had just received her first rejection. That first one is tough, and I wanted to offer a little sympathy and solidarity to this person. Of course, it got me thinking about my… Continue Reading “Baby’s First Rejection”

The 7 Stages of Literary Rejection

A writer goes through a lot of emotions when that rejection letter shows up in his or her inbox, and it occurred to me these emotions are similar to those involved with grieving or loss (more or less). I’m sure you’ve all heard of the seven… Continue Reading “The 7 Stages of Literary Rejection”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Apologetic Personal Rejection (with Rob Mammone)

As I have said many, many times on this blog, (most) editors are not heartless monsters out to grind your hopes and dreams into a fine spreadable paste. Nope, they’re just regular and often passionate folks who happen to be in a position to judge… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Apologetic Personal Rejection (with Rob Mammone)”

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