Freelance Writing – How to Handle Rejection

Freelance writing rejectionIf you want to be a writer, you have to be able to handle rejection. I am thin-skinned by nature, so I struggle with this one. Writing is so personal that it’s hard not to feel insulted when your writing is rejected. Putting your work out there to be judged by others is a risk, and one that’s bound to result in a slap in the face at least some of the time.

When you are applying for a writing job, or submitting an article, or a story, or a blog post, it’s helpful to keep in mind that for every published article you read, there are usually dozens more the author tried to get published, but failed.

Consider this:

Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected some 30 times before it was published, and he almost threw away the manuscript because he was convinced it was no good. Actually, he did throw it away, but his wife fished it out of the wastebasket because she knew it had potential.

Kathryn Stockett’s wildly successful page-turner The Help was rejected 60 times before it was published. But she kept sending it out because she believed the book was good, despite all evidence to the contrary.

What were these editors thinking? I can think of no other explanation other than the editors either never bothered to read the manuscripts, or they made up their minds without giving it a fair shake. Some people will make assumptions about your work before they even read it. And you can’t control what kind of person is in charge of publishing or rejecting your manuscript.

Keep in mind that in order to be successful in writing, you must go through rejection. The more you try, even if you are rejected, the closer you are to reaching success.

The important point is not to let others change your belief in your ability. Because the most powerful determiner of your own success is belief in yourself.

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. – Henry Ford

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