Tips For Aspiring Authors [#16] Expect Rejection

I’ve been told no a lot. In fact, since taking this writing journey, I’ve learned to expect no. A resounding NO—with echoes billowing in the background. Between the no’s I receive from employers who say they’ve found a better candidate, and the ones from publishers, you would think I am a colossal failure –but I’m not.

They said I couldn't do a signing in BN. #NaySayers

When writing, rejection is to be expected. We all think we’ve written the next masterpiece, the bestseller that will top all the lists and charts. Maybe you have, but all of us “writer types” think the same thing. This one is going to make it. This one will get my name out there. This one will have the media trying to find me for a change.

We can’t all be on top at the same time. It is a journey—and one not to be taken lightly. Whatever you write, write it to the best of your ability. Rejections will come but you can’t give up. Some of my favorite author success stories appear on’s main page. I check it daily because sometimes they feature authors who have published via their Kindle Select Program and have found phenomenal success. Some are authors who were listed with major publishers and were dropped, or had low sales numbers, or didn’t do well financially, etc. These authors have gone on to do their own thing after rejection and have found their own piece of the success pie. After rejection. Some are like you and me—people just trying to do what we love and make money doing it.

I’ve known writers who have kept all of their rejections and were keeping a tally. Some were up into the sixties and counting—all on the same manuscript. I’m not that strong. I get the rejection, read over it, even internalize it at times, then realize it probably wasn’t even read by a real editor and usually click the delete button. I do keep a spreadsheet of my submissions and the result, but keeping the rejection itself, not happening. While I’m waiting for someone to call or email me back about a manuscript, I could’ve done the same thing myself and sold a decent amount of books.

Sometimes they never respond, so then what?

With the market being as it is today, rejection is to be expected. Publishers are renewing fewer authors, book stores are closing and indie authors along with ebooks are flourishing.  I started as an indie author and still am. It was during a time when Oh, you’re self-published, was looked down upon. I remember the days of You won’t be able to sign in a store, bla, bla, bla…

Yeah, whatever.

I’m doing my thing, and like my husband told me once, Who cares if you’re self-published or not? When I read a book, I don’t look to see who the publisher is! Makes sense, huh? (I look, but that’s only because I’m a writer. If I were a reader I wouldn’t care.)

This has been my best year as far as sales to an untapped market goes—sales that didn’t involve me or the trunk of my SUV. So, expect rejection, it’s par for the course. See it as another stepping stone to your destination.

Never give up, and by the way, I have signed in several stores. Never let someone else’s perception of you determine who you are or what you can do.


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2 Responses to Tips For Aspiring Authors [#16] Expect Rejection

  1. Corey Burkes says:

    I think you are a fantastic author and pretty much, unless it’s a newspaper or my own editing, the only author I read consistently in small or big ways.

    And I know I’m not alone in that thinking. With each of us making more noise about your greatness, the money people will take notice. But I suspect you will BE a money person in short time. If you are not there already. Personally, I suspect you are a a famous author writing under another name just to get back to your roots after amassing billions.

    But that’s just a theory.

  2. Daphine says:

    LOL, I wish. Not quite, but I’ll keep praying and pressing my way through the literary landscape we call publishing.

    Posts like this make me smile on the rejection days.
    Thanks, C.

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