Rejection is par for the course when you’re writing a book.
If you’re suffering rejections, here are some some suggestions which may help.
How to Cut Down on Your Rejections
1. Start by ensuring that you pay attention to publisher’s guidelines.
If you’ve written a cosy mystery, a publisher looking for literary fiction or travel guides will reject you. Publishers have guidelines for a reason. It’s fatal to think: “My book is great; EVERY publisher will want it.” They won’t.
2. Pay attention to mechanics, such as grammar, spelling and punctuation. Yes, these manuscript mechanics matter.
Publishers and agents received dozens (some receive hundreds) of manuscripts each week. This means that someone, usually an intern, has the unenviable task of scanning all those packages. A messy, hard-to-read manuscript gets dumped onto the ‘not for us’ pile faster than you can blink.
3. Query first.
Always send a query letter first, before you send your manuscript. Not only is this polite, it also gives a publisher or agent a chance to tell you what they’re really interested in.
If you get a letter, get excited. Receiving a letter, even a rejection, is a very big deal. You’ll only get a letter if someone likes your work, and thinks that you may come up with something one day they’ll be interested in buying. So read the letter carefully, and follow the instructions.
4. Revise your novel.
Writing a first novel is hard. Congratulations if you’ve done it. However, the chances that your effort is in a publishable state are slim. Don’t send your novel out in a first-draft state. REVISE.
Get someone who’s knowledgeable (that is, someone who’s in publishing) to read it, and make suggestions. You can ignore these suggestions, but they will give you an impetus (rage gives you energy :-)) to get to work and revise your novel.
Also, read a couple of books on how to revise a novel, and use them as a guide.
Unfortunately, no one in publishing these days has the time to coach or mentor you. Your novel must be as close to publishable form as possible, before you submit it.
Take heart. Writing your first novel will teach you a lot about writing. Revising it and submitting it will teach you too. With every word you write, you’re getting closer to publication.
5. Keep writing.
If you keep writing, you’ll sell eventually. There’s a lot to learn, and the only way to succeed, and beat rejections, is to keep writing.
Write more – become a pro writer
Yes, you can write more and become an expert writer – even if you’re a world-class procrastinator.
Did you know that when you write more, your writing improves? Many of my writing students experience this. They find that when they write more, writing is easier for them – they’re not dominated by their inner editor.
My new writing class, “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process” is based on lessons I developed for my private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and make more money writing.
If you’re struggling with your writing, the class will help. The techniques you’ll learn in class with help you write fiction, nonfiction, and copy for business.
Discover how you can write more, improve your writing, and sell more of your writing to higher-paying markets.
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