Category: Rejection Letters

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Considered Rejection

Often you have to wait quite a while for a publisher to get back to you about a submission, which is just a reality of being a writer, but when you have good reason to hope your story will be accepted, the waiting can be pretty… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Considered Rejection”

Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?

Recently, I had a story accepted after sixteen rejections. I know; that’s a lot, right? I felt pretty confident about the story despite the mounting number of NOs, so I kept sending it out. I found an editor that liked it as much as… Continue Reading “Poll: How Many Rejections Before You Retire/Revise?”

6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements

When you’ve submitted your work long enough, you start to notice certain “firsts” and “bests” in the meandering pattern of rejections and acceptances that define the freelance writer’s career. I certainly don’t have as many data points as some, but I’ve got enough to… Continue Reading “6 Rejection Records & Other Dubious Achievements”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Shortlist Rejection

Sometimes you have to wait a while for a publisher to get back to you about a submission, which can be hard, but it’s just one of those things you have to accept as part of the whole being a writer thing. That said,… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Shortlist Rejection”

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””

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