06 February 2019
Smile! Your Story Has Been Rejected!
Here they are, folks. The top ten reasons you should be grateful your latest short story was rejected.
10. Unless you asked the editor out on a date, nobody rejected you. They rejected some pages with words on them. For example, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine rejected the first seventy-six stories I sent them, but that didn't stop them from buying the seventy-seventh, when I finally got the words on the pages that they wanted.
9. You have a new opportunity to look at the story, checking for flaws, typos, or new aspects.
8. You have had a valuable reminder of the fact that rejection does not kill you.
7. You have a new opportunity to examine available markets. Of my seventy-plus published stories, fifteen eventually appeared in paying markets that did not exist when I first started submitting that story.
6. You just learned something about that market/editor.
5. Your skin just grew a millimeter thicker.
4. Your story is closer to finding its proper home. My stories have received some sort of honor ten times. Eight of those were for stories that had been rejected by at least one market.
2. Be proud that you are finishing what you write. That puts you light-years ahead of millions of wannabes.
1. Be proud that you are writing. That's what you're doing it for, right? Because if the goal is wealth, try buying lottery tickets instead.
And a Bonus Reason, for those who sell most of what they write: If your success rate is very high, maybe you need to experiment more, or try more ambitious markets. Then you can have the satisfaction of failing sometimes, like the rest of us.
Other reasons? Put 'em in the comments.