A lot of my blog posts here tend to revolve around successes – acceptances, publications, milestones and shout-outs during challenges like Story-a-Day May and NaNoWriMo. Posting all the good without any of the bad can lead to a bit of a one-sided view of the writer’s life.
I don’t often tell you about the rejections. I don’t mention the string of them, some form and some personal, that hit my inbox.
But like any other actively submitting writer, I do get rejected. Let’s face it, I get rejected a lot.
The other day while looking at my stats on Duotrope.com – an excellent site for finding new markets as well as tracking submissions – I realized I had passed my 100th rejection.
I’ve been actively submitting over the course of the past two and a half years (since May 2010) and I have at last hit a milestone of a completely different variety. A rejection milestone. And I’m proud of it. Every writer gets rejected. It hurts a lot, at least at first. There are still certain rejections – ones I was really hoping to hear a ‘yes’ from, or when a string of them hits me – that hurt.
But rejections are proof that you’re trying. That you are putting yourself out there. And to be honest, at least for me, it does get easier as you go. Mostly. So I’d encourage any writer hemming and hawing, to go ahead and do it. Hit up duotrope.com, find a market that fits your story and submit. Don’t be afraid of the rejections.
Sometimes established writers can be intimidating. There’s quite a few authors I follow on twitter who’s power with prose is just stunning – and every now and again they mention a rejection. Or a couple rejections. And it always surprises me, because their writing is so far above my own.
So I’ve blabbered on a lot (as I generally do), but I just wanted to share what is typically viewed as a downside or a failure, but to me is a milestone and an accomplishment. Even if we don’t talk about it often, every writer faces rejection. It’s just part of the game – so don’t stop playing for fear of them.
Work harder, learn more, and keep submitting.
~Alexis A. Hunter