I just received an (unpersonalised) rejection for my short story, Through A Glass Darkly: A Cinderella Story which you can now read on my wattpad profile.
My rejection email read as follows:
Thank you for submitting to our upcoming anthology, Fairly Wicked Tales. We received a large volume of submissions and the competition was very fierce. We also received a significant number of re-tellings of the “Cinderella” story and could only choose one for the anthology. Unfortunately, we will have to pass on your story.
We wish you every success in your writing endeavors.
I am not remotely upset by this – I think that this actually makes me a real aspiring author. I’m really quite chuffed about it to be honest!
There are a few reasons for this.
1. I love that I can write at all. It’s basically an instinct, like mewing. Or breathing. That’s more normal. If no one else thinks anything I write is publishable, it’s not going to detract from my enjoyment of doing it! I was writing just for me since I could hold a pen and put letters together on a page. I guess I always will be doing that!
2. I’ve finally (I hope!) learned the spiritual lesson that the gift is far less important that the giver. So spiritually, I’m happy to give thanks to God for the gift I have and the fun I have doing it without getting upset if it’s not recognised. Recognition would be lovely – but if I make that the centre of my world, I’m going to be severely disappointed! Fact. And life is WAY too short for that!
3. I play Rejection Letter Bingo.
Courtesy of Writer’s Digest, this ingenious game helps any author see the funny side. There’s nothing like a tongue-in-cheek way of handling “negative” things to help you put a positive spin on it.
I’ve made up my own version – Rejection Letter Treats.This is because I am poor and need a really good reason to spend money on myself.
1 = pancakes
2 = hairdresser trip
3 = …
4 = …
5 = …
6 = …
7 = …
8 = …
9 = …
10 = …
Any ideas of what inexpensive things I can insert in numbers 3-10?
What would your Rejection Letter Treat list be??
How do you handle rejection?
Leave me a comment and let the discussion commence!