Today, I want to talk to you about rejection. Not really a fun subject, right? Unfortunately, though, it must be talked about. We know what rejection is like. Sometimes, even unpublished authors get rejected before they send it off to a publisher. Rejections can be in all forms. You can get rejected from friends, family, anyone who decides to put you down.
You may get rejected in the way that your family doesn’t support you. Your family may not understand. Heck, I know what that’s like. My family doesn’t support my writing at all. They don’t think anything will become of it. I’m the first writer in my family and they think I’m just setting myself up for disappointment. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. It’s hard, but you can’t let it get you down. You have to say to yourself, “My family is wrong. I can and will go somewhere with my writing. I want it to happen and it will happen.” You have to let yourself believe in yourself, even if your family doesn’t.
Maybe you get rejected from friends. I myself am lucky enough to have friends that support my writing. I happen to know people that aren’t that lucky, though, unfortunately. It’s a little easier to deal with than your family rejecting you, but it’s still difficult. These friends may have your number. They may be on your Facebook page. They may be on your Twitter page. They may be on whatever social media profile you have. They may put you and your writing down. You can’t let that discourage you. Block them if you have to. Don’t let these supposed friends get in the way of your writing. Let them know that you can and will go somewhere if you want it bad enough.
Now, I feel the need to bring up rejection on the publisher level. That’s the hard part. It feels like your entire world comes crashing down. I haven’t been rejected like this personally, since I have never been to the point where I can send in a manuscript, but I know other people have been. This is difficult, I know. What you need to do in that situation, then, is pick yourself up, brush yourself off, say screw that publisher, and try again. You’re good enough to get published. I know you are.
Rejections come, rejections go. They will be hard to deal with, but don’t let them discourage you. You have to keep going. You’re good enough. You’re amazing. Maybe you don’t know it yet, but you are. Keep the faith, writers. Believe in yourself. I believe in you all.