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Blog highlight: Literary Rejections On Display

Rejection always hurts. I'm skeptical of writers who claim that rejections don't bother them at all. No matter how experienced you are, I can't help but think that a rejection -ANY rejection- has got to sting at least a little.

Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm saving all my rejections (paper and digital) for any particular project so I can roll them out to encourage other writers WHEN that project gets published. I certainly appreciate hearing about other writers' rejections -> success stories!

I've been gradually collecting these types of successful author rejection stories on Inkygirl.

One great place to find other writers' rejections is Literary Rejections On Display. The author of this blog prefers to remain anonymous, but describes himself/herself as follows: "I am a published, award-winning author of fiction and creative nonfiction--but whatever. In the eyes of many, I am still a literary reject."


Reader Comments (8)

I keep all mine too. One day, when I'm terribly successful, I plan to have an exhibition and put all my rejections on display!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Kewin

Thanks for the links, you are always so resourceful! And one day, that pile of rejections will be what keeps your desk even when one leg is suddenly short than the others. The good news? That's the desk you'll be writing your bestsellers on!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAisley

I don't take rejections personally precisely because sites/blogs like yours have genuinely helped me regard them as tiny obstacles in a much bigger shift to stardom :-)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark
May 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdumoksun

Something I've found useful to quell the rejection sting is to line up your submissions to do list; as soon as you feel the descent from 'no thanks' you've got renewed hope taking its place with another SASE attached.

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