What Not to Do When You’re Rejected

There is an art to hearing no. I’ve posted about it before. But this post will be different. Here area few things I’ve witnessed that are no-noes when you hear no from a publisher or agent:

  1. Trash them on social media or your blog. (Quick way to get blacklisted, and yes, there is a blacklist.)
  2. Send them pestering emails to ask them why. (Best to take the no and try elsewhere.)
  3. Complain about getting rejected online. (Gets you labelled pretty quickly as a whiner. And, yes, I do whine sometimes. Trying to get better about that 🙂 )
  4. Leave 1-star reviews on books they represent/publish that you haven’t even read. (There’s some debate about writers leaving anything less than a 5-star review, but that’s a different conversation for a different time.)
  5. Give up. (Remember: It only takes one yes, the RIGHT yes to turn things around.)

Rooting for ya. Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Author: bethovermyer

Beth Overmyer wears several hats, all belonging to different writers. From fantastical kidlit to everyday popular fiction, Beth pens her work with gusto. In 2008, her screenplay The Method won best comedy at Gotham Screen’s contest, and in 2012, her MG book In a Pickle came out from MuseItUp Publishing.

2 thoughts on “What Not to Do When You’re Rejected”

  1. Dear Beth. Keep a positive outlook… keep trying… you will see… 😀😀😀😀😀👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📖📖📖📖📖🎼🎼🎼🎶🎶🎶sincerely Ruthie. I will keep rooting for you 😀👏🏻

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